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September 17, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLIII(12):818. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500120054014

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Judging from the records of the building department of the city of New York, according to, a lay paper, only sixty private houses were erected last year in the whole of Manhattan Island, while the number of apartment buildings erected during the same period reached into the thousands. This record is repeated, to a greater or lesser extent, in all of our large cities, and the building of flats and tenement houses extends also to the suburbs We are becoming less and less a home-dwelling people, and are crowding more and more into what the paper quoted calls "human honeycombs." This may be a normal phase of social evolution. The fact indeed that it occurs so extensively supports this view. It has, however, its threatening side. It is a factor in the much-discussed race suicide which some consider threatening. Children are not favored in these buildings, nor do flats furnish

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