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Down on the Farm: Big small town

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Because Manhattan has long been a center of world commerce, it has drawn immigrants from the world over since its founding.

By 1900, people and money had gobbled up the 22 square miles of the island. Prevented from moving out, the city moved up.

The island of Manhattan is essentially one big rock. With solid mooring inches beneath the topsoil, the only limit on the heights of buildings is the ever-improving strength of building materials.

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