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This had been effected through selected new construction projects (the Via delle Case Nuove), numerous renovations and rebuildings, such relatively simple devices as the reaffirmation of traffic flow along the Corso by the elimination of superfluous and impeding additions, and by the physical alignment of facades and their visual unification with sgraffito decorations and stringcourses.
Architectural diversity is displayed in Pienza through the visual coalescing of design features taken from the building types of Rome, Siena, and Florence; the element of choice is evidenced in the financial encouragement of the citizenry to renovate the facades of their dwellings but to do so within an overall aesthetic scheme typified by the distinctive stringcourses that provide Pienza with its unifying leitmotif.