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1916 Plan Would Have Added 50 Square Miles of Artificial Land to NYC

1916 Plan Would Have Added 50 Square Miles of Artificial Land to NYC

New York is a city of islands, but it wouldn't be if consulting engineer Dr. T. Kennard Thomson's 1916 plan had become a reality. The incredibly ambitious proposal called for moving the East River east, creating a new river through Harlem and adding 50 square miles of land to New Jersey, Staten Island and the New York harbor. He called it "Really Greater New York." Laying out his argument in Popular Science , Thomson based his idea on straightforward logic: New York City was growing, and it needed for room for a coming explosion. The Big Apple hasn't yet hit the 20 million residents he predicted, but it's certainly pretty crowded- enough that Columbia University's Center for Urban Real Estate has a plan for building more land in the harbor, called "Lower Lower Manhattan ." The goal of Thomson's plan was to make room for new New Yorkers, create new, valuable real estate to ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/urban-design/1916-plan-would-ha...

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