Look at this prediction of a future New York City
from 1932. On the lower centre of the painting you can see a
very small Empire State Building, which was clearly preserved by the
City Fathers to merely provide scale. The building across the
road is at least twice as tall and four by six city blocks
wide. The one behind it is even taller. Heck,
the ornamental carvings holding up the clock are nearly as tall as the
Empire State Building! You'll also notice that not only are there
sky bridges to keep the proles off the ground
and aerodromes on top of various buildings, but one has a
hanger big enough to hold several zeppelins!
people weren't thinking of buildings as buildings, but as little
self-contained cities where people would live out their lives for
weeks at a time without ever approaching the ground. If you
don't believe me, click on the thumbnail to read how the city of the
future was described in 1939.