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Published: 07 July 2016

456 Pages


ISBN: 9780199344369

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Building the Skyline

The Birth and Growth of Manhattan's Skyscrapers

Jason M. Barr

  • For the first time, covers the economic history of the Manhattan skyline from 1626 to the present
  • Presents a unique window into the economics of skyscrapers and demonstrates that fundamentally the skyscraper is a solution to an economic problem: how to accommodate as many people as possible on the same location on planet earth
  • Uses economic theory, statistical analysis, and historical research to understand the emergence and formation of the Manhattan skyline
  • Presents a new data set never before analyzed or used to study the skyline or Manhattan's history
  • Debunks myths such as the influence of bedrock on the shape of the skyline, the unaffordability of tenement rent prices, and more
  • Makes reasonable and actionable recommendations for affordable housing

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