Don't move Penn Station [Letter]

September 18, 2014

John Harding, a maglev scientist from Palm Springs, Calif., blithely asserts that "the Amtrak station" (it's called Penn Station, Hon) should be moved downtown "for the sake of local commuters" ("Maglev outperforms other trains," Sept. 16). It's a sure bet he has never conferred either with people who use Penn Station who are not all commuters or with those who would be affected either by its abandonment or by the disruption and expense associated with constructing a new one and the tracks leading to it.

Good urban planning begins with respect for existing structures and communities. The blitz-like process of urban renewal which afflicted American cities some 50 or 60 years ago was a disaster that does not need to be repeated. We need to plan on using our limited funds systematically for the best interests of all residents of our city and to determine those best interests by respectful consultation with those residents.

Katharine W. Rylaarsdam

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