View of Penn Station from the Northeast, ca. 1911.
On reading my prior Penn Station post, my sister in law told me about a professor she had who spoke of Penn Station this way:
You used to stroll through it like a Roman and now you scuttle below it like a rat. That’s it, I can’t speak of this more today.
I’m paraphrasing, but I that’s pretty much the idea, I would say. What was his name again?
Also, just generally on the topic of real estate developers. I’ve been reading Gotham, which is the history of New York City, which is, more or less, the history of real estate developers. I’m not switching sides on this issue, but they’re more important to our economic eco-system than I think we give them credit for. Not that don’t totally destroy some pretty priceless stuff.