Photograph of a diagram. "Proposed limits, size of buildings" compares floor area ratio for buildings in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. Prepared by the City Planning Commission, February 1956. "Typical taller building, as envisioned by artists of the L.A. City Planning Department, shows how Los Angeles is seeking change by Proposition S to permit buildings 13 times buildable area as compared with 15 times in New York and 16 times in Chicago." -- typed note by Lloyd Hearn, Downtown Business Men's Association, attached to verso.; "How cities govern building height by ground area: Los Angeles Planning Department artists show typical taller structure. -- Passage of Proposition 'S' on the Tuesday general election ballot, permitting taller buildings in the city, will not complicate the city building code, it was reported here yesterday. -- Gilbert E. Morris, superintendent of the Department of Building and Safety, stated that while the building code is based on the present 13-story height limit, the National Uniform Building Code contains 'adequate provisions' for the control of buildings of greater height. -- 'These additional controls can easily be incorporated in the Los Angeles Building Code,' he declared. -- Proposition 'S' would allow structures to be erected above the 13-story limit but would require that they contain no more floor space than 13 times the buildable site. -- It is similar to laws being sought in other major cities, but with a higher ration of floor space to building site. In Chicago, it is 16 times the buildable site and in New York 15 times. -- Morris announced that engineers in his department are already preparing the amendments to the building code which would be required if the proposal is approved by the voters." -- Examiner clipping attached to verso, dated 4 November 1956.