Regional Plan Association is proud to be part of the Museum of the City of New York's exhibition "Cars, Culture and the City", which opens today. The show traces the history of the auto in the New York region from the early days of elite auto racing to visionary plans for the city to the social and environmental issues that accompany a car-intensive culture - along with their possible solutions.
RPA lent a significant amount of archive material for the exhibit, much of which highlights our work incorporating and balancing the auto into the city. Examples include drawings of a development on the Upper West Side that included a cross-Manhattan tunnel to Long Island, a street and pedestrian design for the Mott Haven northern train terminal and a short film of our offices in the 1930's. Also displayed is RPA's "Urban Design Manhattan," which proposed a car-free Times Square in the late 1960's. Exhibitgoers should also look out for a short Encyclopedia Britannica film of New York's transportation system, which includes a brief look at RPA's offices in the late 1930's.
The show is open now until August 8th.