Authors: Yonah Freemark
December 1, 2010
Next American City
There would be, according to the LoMEX plan, a lengthy Y-shaped super-highway running the width of Lower Manhattan, from the Holland Tunnel to the Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges. Thousands of cars would stream through the city on these new viaducts of commerce designed to connect Brooklyn and New Jersey. Above the roadway, huge new structures would be built to cover much of the trenched part of the road and reconnect the city where it had been torn up to make way for the road. Giant towers would line the approaches to both bridges as if they were gateways welcoming arrivals into the city. It was a romantic vision for the city of the future, albeit one that would have been too expensive to build and too damaging to the existing neighborhoods to ever consider seriously....
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