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By Jason M. Barr

The new york skyline is among the nice wonders of the fashionable global. yet how and why did it shape? a lot has been written concerning the city's structure and its common historical past, yet little paintings has explored the commercial forces that created the skyline.

In Building the Skyline, Jason Barr chronicles the industrial heritage of the long island skyline. within the procedure, he debunks a few largely held misconceptions concerning the city's background. beginning with Manhattan's normal and geological heritage, Barr strikes directly to how those formations inspired early land use and the advance of neighborhoods, together with the dense tenement neighborhoods of 5 issues and the decrease East facet, and the way those early judgements ultimately impacted the site of skyscrapers equipped in the course of the Skyscraper Revolution on the finish of the nineteenth century.

Barr then explores the industrial historical past of skyscrapers and the skyline, investigating the explanations for his or her heights, frequencies, destinations, and shapes. He discusses why skyscrapers emerged downtown and why they seemed 3 miles to the north in midtown-but now not in among the 2 components. opposite to renowned trust, this used to be now not as a result depths of Manhattan's bedrock, nor the presence of Grand vital Station. quite, midtown's emergence used to be a reaction to the commercial and demographic forces that have been happening north of 14th road after the Civil struggle.

Building the Skyline additionally offers the 1st rigorous research of the reasons of the development growth throughout the Roaring Twenties. opposite to traditional knowledge, the growth was once principally a rational reaction to the commercial progress of the state and town. The final bankruptcy investigates the price of new york Island and the connection among skyscrapers and land costs. ultimately, an Epilogue bargains coverage options for a resilient and powerful destiny skyline.

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High land values also suggest that more people want to be there than can be comfortably accommodated, and the price soars as a result, so that only the select few who can pay to be there are able to claim the prize in the battle for place. The price of land in Lower Manhattan was so high in the late nineteenth century that developers tried to create new building types that were larger and taller in order to hold more people. The expensive land values were a signal that there was a land shortage.

To this end, chapter 6 is largely drawn from my publication, “Skyscrapers and the Skyline: Manhattan, 1895‒2004,” in Real Estate Economics. Chapter 7 is from my paper, “Depth to Bedrock and the Formation of the Manhattan Skyline, 1890–1915,” published in the Journal of Economic History, and co-authored with Troy Tassier and Rossen Trendafilov. Other related publications of mine are given in the Bibliography. Several chapters are based on academic works that were written simultaneous to this manuscript.

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