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Cramped but content in Manhatten

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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 twenty-two square miles of the island. Prevented from moving out, the city moved up. 

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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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