Gotham Diary:
Just a Thought
14 December 2011

Today at the DBR: Just a little idea for what to do with this building.

What fun it would be to be very rich. The other day, Ray Soleil discussed my idea for superblocks, two avenues wide and four streets deep, with all construction at the perimeter — high-rises on the avenues, walkups on the street fronts, just like today, but all built at once and sharing a common plant — with central courtyards under which service tramways (for deliveries to the street-level shops, moves, and garbage removal) would run the length of the island. Or, not the island, because the place to try this out would be Queens.

The little idea that I had yesterday could be done for much, much less.

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