…of the manhattan grid plan– when a ruler and 90 degree angles were applied on the map of manhattan, disregarding any and all topography, laying the foundation of the city we love (and sometimes hate) today.  times published a great article and an interactive map today; it is worth reading…  they quoted rem koolhaas, who defended the grid by exclaiming that it created “undreamed-of freedom for three-dimensional anarchy”– i think the most apt way to describe the impact of the grid.  read the article, check out the map, and enjoy the below picture copied from the article– it is a northernly look on 2nd avenue from 42nd street from 1861– see if you can recognize 2nd avenue– on the left side there stands the pfizer building now and on the right side is the ford foundation and mcfadden’s:

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