Frankfurt = Industrial City?!
Frankfurt's trademark is the combination of different industries. The city's path to industrialisation first began in the 1870s. By this time, the infrastructure was already well-developed, the roads were well-established and Frankfurt was able to enter at a high level straight away. The new municipal building regulations introduced in 1884 now allowed "troublesome factories" to be built within city limits. To this day, many red brick buildings on the edges of the city centre still bear witness to Frankfurt's industrial past. And even Frankfurt's first high-rise – built in 1926 – did not belong to a bank either, but to the Mouson company, which produced perfume.
Frankfurt's industrialation was based on new technologies; ... smoking chimneys which we know from early industrial cities were rather the rarity. Whether typewriters, car bodies, machines, measuring instruments or the first chemotherapeutic agent – many products that caused a global sensation were once manufactured in Frankfurt. While most production sites moved to the surrounding area or abroad throughout the 20th century, the chemical industry mainly established itself in Höchst. To this day, the trademark of Frankfurt as a city of industry is still diversity.