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LOMEX Remembered, A Jane Jacobs Walking Tour

matt postal tour

Architectural historian Matt Postal (in blue cap at right) led a walking tour yesterday (September 7) to “celebrate what isn’t there,” namely the Lower Manhattan Expressway (LOMEX), planned by Robert Moses and opposed in the 1960s by urban visionary Jane Jacobs and other activists. One in a series of walking tours related to Jane Jacobs’s life and work, Sunday’s tour traced the proposed route of the eight-lane expressway along Broome St., from the Lower East Side to SoHo. In addition to some notable architecture, the expressway would have destroyed block upon block of the modest older buildings Jacobs considered essential to the social and economic life of the city.

To learn more about Jacobs and her influence, take upcoming walking tours that explore the business districts she wrote about, a neighborhood that fits her criteria for a successful urban place, and a new neighborhood designed with her ideas in mind.

MAS commissioned a rendering of what LOMEX would have looked like for last years’ Jane Jacobs and the Future of New York exhibition.

lomex rendering