Warsaw is one of the saddest stories in Europe. This was a great city until World War II, during the course of which it was all but destroyed. Some parts of it have been restored to their former glory, but there are no longer many views of the city that look anything like this.
I think that perhaps wider streets can tolerate being straight better than narrower ones. The vantage point here is at one edge of the street, which changes the appearance considerably. Pedestrians will be keeping to the sidewalks on this street, if only to avoid the streetcars, so they will not often see the view from the centerline, with the street marching off to the horizon with near-perfect symmetry.
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