Buildings now conformed to the right angles of the grid and were built with a new sense of uniformity that could be seen in the skyline, as their placement became more regular and standardized.
After all, one of the grid's main functions was to facilitate economic growth and increase real estate speculation. By homogenizing the placement of buildings to a standardized arrangement that made the most out the space that the buildings occupied, more buildings could be placed in a smaller amount of land. This increased the density of buildings per unit of land. Before the grid was implemented, a single building could be constructed on a large plot of land, leaving an ample amount of open space with no construction on it.
After the grid's implementation, however, real estate speculation increased, which spiked the value of the land. Contractors were given no choice but to utilize the land completely, building on every possible area. Gone were the unobstructed skyline views of nature, with the only the occasional building in sight. From this point onwards, the skyline begins to become dominated with regular buildings, lessening the amount of nature visible in the Manhattan skyline. The skyline becomes clustered, full of many new buildings. After the grid was implemented, more buildings were built in tighter amount of spaces, lessening the amount of natural landscape in the city. The grid also corrected any irregular roads and unsystematic delineated property boundaries, further allowing buildings to be built more regularly and more closely spaced together. Opens plots of land needed to be utilized completely to increase speculation and generate enough revenue to cover the cost of the land that the building was constructed on, so few open spaces were left untouched by construction.
 Reuben Rose-Redwood, "Rationalizing the Landscape: Superimposing the Grid Upon the Island of Manhattan,"
PhD diss., Pennsylvania State University, 2002, 16.
 Rebecca Shanor, “New York's Paper Streets: Proposals to Relieve the 1811 Gridiron Plan,” Master's diss., Colombia University, 1982, 59.
 John Randel Jr. was born in Albany, New York in 1787. He was a widely known surveyor and innovator, who worked on many street maps of Albany. In 1808, Randel was contracted to survey the entirety of the island of Manhattan and produce a street grid system.
Stefan, Bielinski. “John Randall, Jr.” People of Colonial Albany, December 6, 2012.
 Rose-Redwood, Rationalizing the Landscape, 30.
 Early plan of the grid by John Randel Jr.
Edward Spann, “The Greatest Grid: the New York Plan of 1811,” Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, l988.
 Example of new land divisions and property boundaries.
“Map of the property belonging to Clement Clarke Moore at Chelsea,” Collection of the New York Historical Society, 1835.
 Rose-Redwood, Rationalizing the Landscape, 40.
 John Reps, “The Making of Urban America: A History of City Planning in the United States,” Princeton University Press., Princeton, 1965, 298.
 John Randel, Jr., “The Commissioners' Plan of 1811,” New York City Municipal Archives, 1811.
 The 1811 Commissioner's plan, seen here with what would become the streets and avenues of New York City.
Rose-Redwood, Rationalizing the Landscape, 30.
 K. Bolino. “A small portion of the Cartesian coordinate system,” September 8, 2008.
 Image by Carolyn Guerrero. (pre-grid - scattered)
 Rose-Redwood, Rationalizing the Landscape, 48.
 Image by Carolyn Guerrero. (post-grid - regular)
 Image by Carolyn Guerrero. (pre-grid – few buildings)
 Rose-Redwood, Rationalizing the Landscape, 6.
 Image by Carolyn Guerrero. (post-grid – lots of buildings, few space)
 Rose-Redwood, Rationalizing the Landscape, 18.
 Ibid, 38.