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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Amtrak's K Tower Threatened

No, the tower isn't closing, but if a developer gets his way Washington DC's iconic K Tower and the entire terminal throat might be covered over and replaced by office towers.  Just like what was recently done in New York City with the Penn Station "hole", views like these will be a thing of the past.  The CPLs, pneumatic point machines, green overhead wire and 5 track signal bridges forever hidden and bathed in pale LED light.

Even worse, forget getting a breath of fresh air while your through train get's its power swapped out.  Everything will be under cover creating a smoky, Chicago style atmosphere with little to know lighting.

Sure urban development is important, but city after city has come to regret covering over its great train stations and creating smoky rabbit warrens.  Chicago, New York and Boston have all made this mistake.  Hopefully this is just another smoke and mirrors development project like oh so many before (remember the Jet's stadium that was planned to cover the West Side yard?)

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