Lunatic moment in urban planning…

I came across this article a few weeks ago which I really enjoyed reading. It’s about this insane proposal of a six-storey highway in Manhattan put forward by then NYC Health commissioner Dr. John A Harriss in 1930. As controversial as Robert Moses’ automobile-heavy redesign of New York city was, this idea by Dr. Harriss is a great lunatic moment in urban planning.

Also in the above article, along the lines of crazy and ridiculous, this proposed triple-decker airplane-rail-highway in the 1916 plan for NYC to fuse Brooklyn and Manhattan by building new islands has to take the cake.


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