Science: Skyscraper Economics

Authentically the only skyscrapers worth while constructing in the congested business districts of Detroit, Chicago or Manhattan, where certain plots are worth about $400 a square foot, are those of 75 stories. In San Francisco, Los Angeles and Cleveland, where prize blocks are worth $200 a square foot, the most profitable buildings must be just 63 stories high. No building should be constructed that high in St. Louis, Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh or lesser communities, because land values there are too low to warrant the expense. Their land is comparatively cheap because...

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