Let's take Exit 3 off of the proposed LOMEX, and head to the Manhattan Bridge and Canal Street. The alignment of the I-478 spur of the LOMEX would take the highway along the Bowery. The Bowery, in it's current configuration, is a rather narrow road, which services two-way traffic in this area. Parking along both sides of the street only aid in causing traffic congestion. This attribute is visible in this picture, as we look at the Bowery, facing south.
The buildings on the east side of the street (left in the picture) would
have been demolished in order to make way for the highway.
On the west side of the Bowery, The Bowery Savings Bank building stands tall. In the late 1800's and early 1900's, banks in Manhattan were designed to resemble great halls, with huge windows and giant doorways, giving the aura of wealth and importance to bankers and customers alike. Contrast these buildings to the bank branches that one would find in your typical suburban mall, as one can see that something was lost in the quest towards frugalness.
This particular building would have been saved from demolition, since
it resides on the west side of the street.
A view of the Bowery, looking south, on the east side of the street on the corner of Grand Street. This view helps to illustrate how many buildings would have had to have been razed in order to make way for the I-478 section of the LOMEX. Like many of the other areas that we have explored along the route of the LOMEX, these neighborhoods would have been forever changed had LOMEX been built.
The Bowery, looking south, as we approach Canal Street and the Manhattan Bridge. Notice the buildup of truck traffic as we get closer to Canal street and the bridge. The Manhattan Bridge is an important truck route for commercial vehicles entering and exiting lower Manhattan.
The Bowery, looking north. The Empire State Building looms in the distance. Pedestrian traffic is also very heavy along the sidewalks. Pedestrian traffic would have been much lighter had the LOMEX been built, since very few people enjoy walking under an elevated highway structure for a long period of time.
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