Our New York State Rent administration is reported to favor a policy which frowns on automatic elevators for many reasons, two of which the Elevator Industries association challenges. Accidents and crime, according to the state rent board, are less likely to happen when house elevators are run by attendants.
“Taint so.” say the elevator industries. The incidence of accident is five times as great with a man running the car than when it is self-operated. And as to crime, the Elevator industries offer important proof that crime runs highest in de luxe hotels and apartment houses where there are doormen, elevator pilots and watchmen galore.