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Joel Towers, executive dean of Parsons The New School for Design, talks about the anniversary of the grid layout of streets in Manhattan.
ALISON - my understanding is that the thoroughfares in downtown and the West Village were already pretty well settled by the time the grid plan was designed so thet were left out of it. The plan was conceived to facilitate the development of the mostly unsettled areas of the island in the early 19th century.
Why were lower manhattan/the village not included in the grid?
Favorite intersections? How about the corner of Waverly and Waverly (in the Village)?
Will we also hear a segment about the grid layout of Queens? After several years of venturing there only to find myself lost between, say, 69th Place, 69th Street, 69th Avenue, and 69th Drive, I was shocked to find out it had actually been planned! (After I actually moved there, I eventually figured it out.)
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