Tear Down the Chrysler Building?

City Land
Commentary  •  Anthony C. Wood

Over 50 years ago New York City was losing its beloved landmarks (Pennsylvania Station, the Brokaw Mansion, the Savoy-Plaza being only a few on that long list) and facing the bleak prospect of losing even more. Finally after decades of civic advocacy, creative thinking, and painful losses, there was enough political will to create our Landmarks Law. Not intended to save every threatened landmark but to create a system to ensure none were lost that could be saved, that law has done a magnificent job giving the city a public process to help shape the future of the city. Now we need to create a process to allow the city to “curate” its skyline.

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