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May 30, 1891


JAMA. 1891;XVI(22):783-784. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410740027005

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With the growth of population in cities there is a corresponding increase in the value of real property. This increased value of real estate is naturally followed by high rents, and in order to realize the largest possible revenue from a limited number of square feet of ground, the owner feels justified in erecting a building that is fairly a sky-scraper. And this without the slightest regard for the rights of his next door neighbor or the general public. Such buildings effectually darken adjacent structures by shutting off a goodly portion of God-given sun-light. They also impede a free circulation of air.

In the outskirts of the business section, elegant and inviting apartment houses are built, and in which are said to be found all modern conveniences, such as bath, water-closet, etc. These are necessary belongings in every modern city house, and in order to insure the health of the

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