Penn Station Preservation Battle

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In the end, the proponents of progress won the argument; in 1963, the three year demolition project of this historical site began. However, both sides of this progress vs. tradition argument have valid points that should be recognized.
Argument for the demolition of Penn Station in 1963 A.J. Greenough, President of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, wrote in a letter to the New York Times in 1962. In this letter, he stated, “does it make any sense to attempt to preserve a building merely as a “monument” when it no longer serves the utilitarian needs for which it was erected?” This was the pretense used for the demolition of the “monument” known as Penn Station in 1963. Economic concerns played a huge role…

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