Although the thought of walking the streets of Downtown Los Angeles may seem foreign to most Angelenos, the expanding metro rail is making it easier for residents to get around the city. In the past ten years Downtown Los Angeles has seen substantial changes to its urban fabric leading to increased pedestrian activity and surprising economic investment.
Recent proposals for the historic downtown district include over a dozen mixed-use towers ranging from twenty to seventy-five stories. The hope is that these new high-rise projects will increase density, promote walkability and introduce a mixture of commercial and residential activity into the once depleted downtown. The thirteen downtown projects account for over half of the twenty-seven new high-rise buildings being proposed throughout the city. Downtown Los Angeles is leading the way in the recent boom of economic activity due, in large part, to the presence of the five converging metro lines that service the area. (more…)
At Chambers Street, one side of the station is significantly deteriorating across from actively used platforms
The Chambers Street station has a long history of changes, with trains entering the station from the Williamsburg Bridge originally, then the Manhattan Bridge when it was completed. There was also a Rockaway Beach service that originated from Chamber Street from 1913 to 1917, operated by the Long Island Rail Road and Brooklyn Rapid Transit.
In 1931, the Nassau street subway (now the J/Z lines) opened running south from Chambers Street. As part of this plan, two platforms were closed. Part of the station was converted into the basement of the Municipal Archives. Another platform was removed to accommodate the expansion of Brooklyn Bridge station.
Looks like Puck Works is at it again with his Lord of the Rings parody signs in the New York City subway. We previously featured the Fangorn Recovery Work signs and today Untapped Cities reader Avi Smolen submitted this find, writing “There’s nothing like avoiding Sauron’s all-seeing eye on your daily commute.” Make for the refuge of Helm’s Deep, the sign purportedly from “Middle Earth Subway Transit” urges, warning against the Uruk-hai, basically Orcs 2.0 in the J.R.R. Tolkien Books.
In an effort to expose NYC’s abandoned subway stations and incomplete platforms and levels, we’re taking you inside the Hoyt-Schermerhorn stop in Brooklyn. The station opened in 1936 as part of the IND Line and served the Fulton Street Line, which originally had local and express trains. Manhattan-bound express trains stopped at Jay Street-Borough Hall and continued north, as you can see on the map below. Northbound local trains were set to terminate at Court Street (today the site of the Transit Museum), but that station was closed in 1946 due to low ridership. After that, only express trains ran through the station, making the outer platforms obsolete. They’ve been disused ever since. Today, the A, C and G trains run on the Hoyt-Schermerhorn station’s inner platforms. While waiting for those trains, you can clearly see the abandoned platforms across the way. (more…)
A photo of the 18th St long before it was abandoned (1905). Source: Glassian
The 18th Street subway station was originally on the IRT Line, formerly sandwiched between 14th St-Union Square and 23rd Street. After World War II, the Board of Transportation embarked on a platform extension program. The famous City Hall subway station was closed in 1945 because its curved platform could not accommodate the longer trains we see today.
Champ de Mars Metro Station photogaphed by Janol Apin
In the 1990s, Janol Apin photographed scenes in the Paris Metro re-enacting the station names literally. While one, like Maison Blanche, is a little off-color for American readers, others are whimsical and understandable even to an international audience.