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Part I : Research 

Historically, Canal Street has been affected by rising water levels; frequent flooding influenced the formation of the street since it was originally a functioning Canal. Canal Street takes its name from a canal that was dug in the early 19th century to drain a contaminated and disease-ridden Collect Pond into the Hudson River. The historic townhouses and newer tenements that had been built along Canal Street quickly fell into disrepair, and the eastern stretch of Canal Street came within the ambit of the notorious Five Points slum as property values and living conditions plummeted. All of these events affected the shape of block, and resulted various type of buildings which could not be seen in the other parts of Manhattan.

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