In 1900 there were 3.4 million people in New York City. Today there are 7.3 million. There were 345,000 people in Mexico City then; today there are almost 21 million. There were 1.8 million people in Tokyo then, and there are 27 million today. 1 Ebenezer Howard designed his "Garden Cities for Tomorrow" for a population of 30,000; sixty-six years later, a single housing project in the Bronx (Co-op City) was designed for a population of 50,000. Today, a typical new Singapore town is built to house 200,000.
Today's tallest office building, the Sears Tower in Chicago, stands 1,454 feet in height, with 110 stories. In 1900, New York's St. Paul Building, standing 26 stories high, was one of the tallest buildings in the world. In 1900 there were 8,000 cars in the United States. There are 143 million today. Columbia University's enrollment was 2,208 then; today, it is almost 20,000. London's famous Burlington Arcade had 54 shops and 22 open stands. The West Edmonton Mall in Alberta, Canada, has over 800 shops, 20,000 parking places, and 5.2 million square feet of commercial space. 2
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