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Perhaps the most obvious change in the City of London since prewar days is its physical appearance. Although a few areas escaped serious bomb damage, the devastation was widespread, affecting about a third of the City's accommodation and a quarter of its rateable value. It was estimated in 1935 that, in spite of some important redevelopments since 1919, three-quarters of the buildings in the City were over thirty years old. Of the 77 million sq. ft of floor-space available in 1968, compared with 84·4 million sq. ft in 1939, more than 20 million sq. ft had been erected in the previous twenty years.