NYC almost destroys Lower Manhattan, 52 years ago
#yesterdaytoday December 7
On this day in 1964, the New York City Board of Estimate votes to revive a controversial plan to build a 10-lane, $100 million elevated expressway across Lower Manhattan from the Holland Tunnel on the west to the Williamsburg and Manhattan Bridges on the east.
Thanks to the efforts of Jacobs and her allies, the tide of public opinion began to turn against the building of urban highways across the country, and a 1968 study that predicted elevated carbon-monoxide levels in the air around the Lower Manhattan Expressway sealed the road’s fate. The Board of Estimate officially abandoned plans for the highway in 1969. — History
Close, but no cigar. Thanks to BAB Jane Jacobs places like the West Village still exist. Thankfully, not all of Robert Moses plans came to fruition or we would all be living in some hyper-car-centric cities… oh wait?
Anyways, take hope fellow green, earth-loving, crunchy, hippy, dippy, witchy, urban city dwellers. Change is not always unstoppable. Yes, we need better infrastructure. Yes, we need more housing. Yes, NIMBY-ism is more-often-than-not a knee-jerk opposition to change and a pain in the tuchus rather than a force for good…. oh wait?