(Too Much) -- In the late 1920s, the walk through his Manhattan neighborhood always left attorney Amos Pinchot thoroughly depressed.
The scion of an affluent New York family, Pinchot had once enjoyed taking a stroll down Park Avenue. But the street had changed. The heyday of America’s original plutocracy had changed it. Park Avenue by the 1920s had more millionaires than any other stretch of real estate in the world, four times more than all of Britain.
The immense wealth of these Park Avenue millionaires towered over the rest of America, as did their residences. New York’s wealthiest, Pinchot sadly recorded, “have permitted this Avenue to be built up almost solidly with skyscrapers so that, in spite of its width, Park Avenue has become, except for a few brief hours each day, a great sunless gulch of high winds and shadows.”
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