The Plans for the Lower Manhattan Expressway
New York City builder Robert Moses had big plans for the Lower Manhattan Expressway, which would have cut through Greenwich Village and SoHo, shuttered 800 businesses, carved up the beloved Washington Square Park, and kicked about 2,000 families out of their homes. Due in large part to the activism of Jane Jacobs, the expressway was never built.
Below are images of architectural plans for the never-built Lower Manhattan Expressway. You can also click here to see a Google Maps rendering of what it would have looked like today.