Penn Plaza makeover is long overdue

There are objections to the redevelopment of the Penn Plaza district, as proposed by the state, but they can be dealt with.

The intention is to revitalize a key section of Manhattan that has been deteriorating for decades and to generate revenue to help expand and modernize transportation.

Some call it a land grab. However, the plan specifies that the money may be used only for transportation improvement projects—certainly not for above-grade development. Thus, no land grab.

Some claim there is no master plan. But this is a preliminary phase, so of course there is no final master plan. But there is a preliminary plan that is perfectly appropriate for—and,

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