Why Fancy Architecture Won’t Save Penn Station
From the New York Observer
A century ago, the Pennsylvania Railroad spent a considerable sum of money on the original Pennsylvania Station, hiring the best architects and making an enormous gamble on untested tunneling technology. But the old Pennsylvania Railroad was the gold standard in American railroading, a shining beacon of efficiency and good management—the polar opposite of Amtrak, New Jersey Transit and the MTA today.
New York City has a way of holding out for grand transit plans rather than pursuing more realistic ones. Instead of sitting around and waiting for the feds and real estate developers to cut 11-digit checks to remake blocks of the city, the governors of New York and New Jersey should knock heads together to make cheaper short- and medium-term improvements their highest priority.
Interesting follow-up by Stephen Jacob Smith after all the coverage of the Penn Station re-designs back in May.