[–] GuyIDisagreeWith 1 points (+1|-0) Edited

Q: How could they build these buildings so fast in the era of horse and buggy?

A: They hired a lot of people with a lot of hammers. This was a time that preceded income tax. The rich were rich in a way that Elon Musk can only dream of and a bachelor could get by working only two days a week.

State and federal inheritance taxes began after 1900, while the states (but not the federal government) began collecting sales taxes in the 1930s. The United States imposed income taxes briefly during the Civil War and the 1890s. In 1913, the 16th Amendment was ratified, however, the United States Constitution Article 1, Section 9 defines a direct tax. The Sixteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution did not create a new tax.


[–] jobes [OP] 1 points (+1|-0)

Why destroy them immediately after tho?

[–] LittleAnnelise 1 points (+1|-0)

They didn't destroy all of the buildings, only most of them. Real estate usually only increases in value while most people value historic preservation right up there with stubbing their toe if they even consider it. Time and profit kill the wonderful buildings. I've visited the old fair site in Queens a couple times on field trips. It was interesting. Apparently, Olympic games don't always cover their costs..

[–] CountHonorius 1 points (+1|-0)

My father worked in the NY World's Fair (Flushing Meadows, Queens) in 1964-65. There was one in Seattle later on, then the Expos in Canada ('67 and '68)

[–] traveler 2 points (+2|-0)

yes. I attended the 1964-65, NY World's Fair - Peace thru Understanding.

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[–] jobes [OP] 0 points (+0|-0)

I can believe those ancient ones. Add 20 years and hard no.

[–] traveler 1 points (+1|-0)

Very interesting; the thought that these structures were already here; that actually makes more sense. Thank you.