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Rise of Industrial America
City Life in the Late 19th Century
Vertical Growth of the American City

In the late 1800s and 1900s, American cities grew both horizontally and vertically. In the photos below, examples of the vertical or "skyscraper" development of cities are pictured. Why do you think buildings were built "up" instead of "out" during this period? What advantages did the skyscrapers offer? What problems do you think were created by skyscrapers? In order for skyscrapers to be functional, what other building developments do you think were made during this time?

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Park Row building

Park Row Building, New York

New York street

New York: "Canyon" Street

skyscrapers, New York

New York City

Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh, Pa.

New York Life building

New York Life Building, Chicago

State Street, Chicago

State Street, Chicago, Ill.


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