ISBN : 9780190912291
Jason Barr chronicles the economic history of the Manhattan skyline. Part I lays out the historical background that established Manhattan's real estate trajectory. Part II focuses specifically on the economic history of skyscrapers and the skyline, investigating the reasons for their heights, frequencies, locations, and shapes.
PART I: BEFORE THE SKYSCRAPER REVOLUTION
1. Manhattan's Natural History
2. Mannahatta to Manhattan: Settlement to Grid Plan
3. Land Use before the Civil War
4. The Tenements and the Skyline
PART II: THE RISE OF THE SKYLINE
5. The Economics of Skyscraper Height
6. Measuring the Skyline
7. The Bedrock Myth
8. The Birth of Midtown
9. Edifice Complex? The Cause of the 1920s Building Boom
10. What's Manhattan Worth? 150 Years of Land Values
Epilogue: Resilient Skyline?