National Affairs: Concourse

Like most city-builders, they were shortsighted who built up Manhattan Island. The high, rocky, sunset edge of the island has been allowed to fall into the hands of cheap-johnny apartment builders and tenants. It was a natural development, however, because, like the swampy eastern edge of the island, the upper bank of the Hudson was less accessible than the island's spine. Also, because the Hudson's bank is the island's natural dock and shipping side. Wharves, warehouses and railroad tracks thrived there and stretched up the island before society or even social convenience made competitive demands. The commercial coagulation on Manhattan's western...

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