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quickly. It's got a lot of momentum and goes a long way before it comes to a stop.

So one of the continuous problems for those who wished their city well was how to get rid of “Death Avenue,” because the New York Central tracks were essential to the delivery of food supplies, if nothing else. All kinds of food supplies, all kinds of necessary freight, all kinds of goods came in that way. When you think of it, the City of New York is located on an island and is one of the most awful places for a great center of population to grow up on. Everything that is used by people, including food, milk, clothes and building materials has to be brought in either by barges across the water, or it has to be brought down the railroad tracks wandering along the most beautiful waterfront in the world, ruining the appearance of that waterfront. As the city grew big those tracks impinged more and more upon the living quarters of the town. It is really very awkward and amazing that such a city has been able to develop in such a peculiar location.

Bob Moses then had it all figured out how you built a great highway that went uptown beyond 72nd Street. You'd have to tear down a few buildings at 72nd Street and bring the highway around into 72nd Street. He lived near that area. He used to walk over there, think about it, plan it,

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