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West Side Redux

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Five developers just unveiled plans for the West Side railyards in Manhattan. Lockhart Steele, publisher of Curbed.com assesses the plans.

Guests:

Lockhart Steele

Comments [3]

Jonathan Friedman from Glen Cove NY

It is a shame that Architect and Urban Planner Robert Geddes' proposal known as "the Flip" is no longer being considered for this West Side area. This scheme elegantly linked Midtown with the West Side and the Hudson River through a new Convention Center extended over several east-west blocks. In addition the proposal included new office space, commercial and retail space, and a large amount of new housing. The scheme would have enhanced the land values of the blocks directly to the north, and could have paid for itself through the increased revenues this woudl have generated.

These results would have been good for the citizens of New York and the city in general, rather than simpy bringing profit to developers.

Again, it is a shame the selection process does not enable such broad and visionary solutions.

Jonathan Friedman, Architect
Professor of Architecture
New York Institute of Technology

Nov. 27 2007 11:17 AM
eric fluger from jersey city

NYC could really use a small business incubater zone and west side might be a good place for it.

Nov. 27 2007 10:55 AM
hjs from 11211

will these buildings be green??

Nov. 27 2007 10:54 AM

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