18 responses

  1. Kevin Walsh

    Washington and Detroit have grids on which diagonal boulevards are imposed. What they have come up with for Manhattan is haphazard and illogical. FAIL, as the kids say.

  2. Ting

    It seems that grids are sort of out of fashion and twisty, random street patterns are more romantizaed these days, but I wonder if what the pros and cons are between the two and whether there are “best practices” in the current urban design scholarship…

    I guess it made sense to do Manhattan as a grid due to its shape, but what about a Queens with boulevard spokes radiating out of the Worlds Fair Globe? (=

    • michelle young

      I think an interesting article would be to compare the areas that were designed with grand boulevards in Paris–including Queens and Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn. Hmm! :)

  3. B^4

    But what if the early city planners had envisioned a city with the grand boulevards of Paris? It happened in Washington D.C. and Detroit, so why not New York?

    The Grand Concourse in the Bronx is often compared to the Champs- Élysées.

    • michelle young

      You’re absolutely right! One of the main differences off the top of my head is that the Champs- Élysées is more centrally located.

  4. Albert Lopez

    Tickles the mind, but I must say that Manhattan’s narrowness would have constricted the possibilities of such a plan/lack of plan. Paris was on the campagne. However…such a plan could only mean that I could run into my favorite burger place and patisserie in a few short steps…hmmm…Good Lord…THE GASTRONOMIC POSSIBILITIES OF THIS FUSION OF CITIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!

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