Excerpt from Industrial Causes of Congestion of Population in New York City The subject of congestion of population, especially in reference to New York City, has been widely discussed, but as yet the data presented have been lacking in definiteness. Wise and well known governmental commissions have held solemn conclave and have taken the testimony of eye-wit nesses. They have announced their findings in well chosen but almost numberless recommendations. In spite of this mass of material the author of this monograph hopes that this contribution may still be of value.
The importance or conclusiveness of the facts and of the subsequent deductions must not be overestimated. The num ber of employers interviewed has not been large but is rep resentative. The number of workers included forms a comparatively small proportion of the great total in New York City, but they are not unlike other workers. While he recognizes certain limitations in his methods of investiga tion and in his manner of presentation, the author still hopes that his work will be valuable as throwing light on the big problem of congestion. His study does not pretend to be exhaustive, but aims to segregate and examine intensively a small but important part of the whole, - a part which is closely related to other phases of the problem of which the author has not treated.
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