Video:210 Years of Manhattan Densification in 2 Minutes

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This animation shows the change in Manhattan's built-up area population density from 1800 - 2010. It is based on data collected by Shlomo Angel and Patrick Lamson-Hall of the NYU Stern Urbanization Project.

The lessons, in short? Densities in Manhattan as a whole rose in the 19th century, peaked in 1910, fell for 70 years, and have been rising slowly since 1980.

You can find their related working paper here: