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The city gates were demolished in 1851 and soon afterwards development extended to the area south of the river.

Glove production, which had begun in the 18th century, developed into one of the most important industries while the harbour facilities were further expanded.

In sports, Odense has a number of football clubs including OB, BM, B1909, and B1913, the Odense Bulldogs professional ice hockey team, and the city also hosts the H. The earliest community was centred on the higher ground between the Odense River to the south and Naesbyhoved Lake (now dry) to the north.

In the present day, Odense remains the commercial hub of Funen, and has a notable shopping district with a diversity of stores.An 8 kilometre (5.0 mi) long, 7.5 metre (25 ft) deep canal from Odense Harbour to Odense Fjord was built between 17 to facilitate the growth of Odense as a port city, radically increasing its level of trade and population.From the 1840s, the city enjoyed a period of rapid expansion beyond its traditional boundaries, becoming Denmark's second largest city.The local nobility also participated in the city's development by building residences where they spent the winter months.But the city's prosperity came to an abrupt end in the late 1650s heavy taxes were imposed after the end of the Swedish Wars.

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