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Little known outside the US, Newport News was once one of the world's largest shipyards and a pioneer in sustainable suburban development. After decades of shipyard expansion, suburban sprawl and segregation, the city is doing its best to learn from its original street grid and reintegrate its neighbourhoods, as Andy Carr relates.

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With the completion of the C&O railway and the layout of the original grid, Newport News quickly established one of the world's largest shipyards, which today still builds aircraft carriers for the US navy.

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