3/18/2010

Penn Station - the ultimate wayfinding challenge

It's bad enough that the structure is an architectural mess (no placemaking, psychologically-oppressive, culturally-inapropriate, over-crowded patchwork layout, etc), but given the mediocre coordination between the perpetually-underfunded owners (Amtrak, NJT, LIRR, and NYC subways) it's no surprise that NY Penn Station has painful wayfinding. Honestly though, I'm impressed at how good it is given the conditions - I actually managed to navigate it reasonably-well on my occasional trips between Lehigh and home. (but I do have some advantages... I may or may not have pored over various articles on the design and redesigns of the station in my years of railfanning...)

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