A City Built by Plague

The devastation of the late 19th century bubonic plague is often obscured from Mumbai’s public consciousness—yet it was fundamental to how the city looks today.
 
Even Mumbai’s iconic Art-Deco buildings were built to suit anti-plague regulations that improved light and ventilation. Working-class tenements had tall windows for the same purpose.
 
Another relic: You can still visit Room OOO, the lab where a Russian scientist developed a bubonic plague vaccine.

But many of the post-plague lessons have been forgotten. Today, luxury skyscrapers block light from crowded shanty neighborhoods next door.  
 
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