This Crazy Plan Had Highways On NYC Roofs

This Crazy Plan Had Highways On NYC Roofs

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Tara Bellucci
Mar 30, 2015
(Image credit: Popular Science)

A 1927 issue of Popular Mechanics showcased an interesting urban planning idea for New York. To solve the city's traffic problems (existing even way back in 1927), a "remarkable system of roof-top boulevards [would] run more than sixteen miles in a straight line through the heart of the city." Elevators would shuttle cars from ground to roof, and the buildings would hold housing, public services, and businesses.

The 1920s Plan To Run A Highway Over Manhattan Rooftops | Gothamist

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