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Re: Best Article I've Read on Reasons to Reactivate the Rockaway Beach Line

Posted by ClearAspect on Mon May 7 14:54:35 2012, in response to Re: Best Article I've Read on Reasons to Reactivate the Rockaway Beach Line, posted by BrooklynBus on Mon May 7 12:04:16 2012.

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I share some of your agreements with him, but overall his desire to build build build, led to poor planning and lack of future growth. For instance the Crown Jewel his CBX was at capacity the day it opened! The BQE doesn't even meet Interstate Highway Standards, and also thanks to him we have many Laws that hinder the progress of building things like Highways, Railroads etc. He may have been great with the parks, but he dissected and cut up the city in ways that hurt more than help these days. We've learned a lot from the Man, both good and bad, and if you were to judge him you go "He did a lot for this city, but at what cost?"

As for the massive flaws? Like everything else he built, it was not designed for future use... it would've been outdated the day it opened as it only called for 3 lanes in each direction. It was also supposed to be built at the height of TEN stories above street level. It would've required the building of a third tube for the QMT. This would be an engineering nightmare, maintaining it would be very difficult, upgrading would be impossible. It was a lovely idea in theory, a futuristic highway in the sky. But the reality wasn't so beautiful, by that time, he had lost a lot of love in NYC.

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