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The Next Great Train Station

Story and photo by: Cleveland Adams June 19, 2002

Extract from an interview with an architect working with the World Trade Center site; 
entire article at http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=4493043&BRD=1841&PAG=461&dept_id=112709&rfi=6e

The Next Great Train Station

Childs seemed even more excited talking about the plans for underground than about the new skyscraper he may design.

"For me, what is interesting are the big moves," he said. "The stuff underground is extraordinary. All the subways were originally built to compete and now we need them to work together. The other big move is bringing the people up from the PATH trains. This will force the development of a great new public room like that of the new Penn Station or Grand Central. This will all be set from grade level down. When you think of the number of people that come on the PATH and the opportunity to also bring in the Long Island Railroad.... THAT'S the iffy one. If they can do that, it's a home run. It creates an opportunity to make one of the most extraordinary transportation hubs in the world. This is the only chance the city will ever have to make this happen. If it can happen and increase the chance of linking to Grand Central and to Penn Station, this will do more for Lower Manhattan than all the tax abatements they can give to keep people here.

"This will even make the Stock Exchange, over on its site, suddenly desirable because it will be the best transportation place in the city. It can't just be a connection, there needs to be a great celebratory room where people can feel welcome and oriented and instantly connected. Making this room is the exciting commission to me. I really believe it's going to happen."

Childs' firm designed the proposed new Stock Exchange and tower to be built across the street from its current location. After Sept. 11, the idea of a new tower at Wall and Broad Sts. was scrapped, but state and city officials are still hoping to build a new trading floor for the Big Board.

http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=4493043&BRD=1841&PAG=461&dept_id=112709&rfi=6e

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