Manhattan's grid foresees the construction of New York

Simeon De Vitt, Governer Morris, John Reserford : Urban planner
A commission for the new model of city development decided on the creation of a grid structure for Manhattan. The members of the commission argued that this was the most commercially profitable way of organizing space, which was considered a very bad solution.
Nevertheless, in his book “Delirious New York” Rem Koolhaas considers this fact one of the most brave foresights made within Western civilization since the territory which was divided into lots had yet no inhabitants and its population was only hypothetical, as well as the buildings they were discussing were just phantoms.

Koolhaas, Rem. Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan. Thames & Hudson, 1978