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Can this rail yard in Queens be transformed into an affordable, carbon-neutral neighborhood?

5 Mar 2020

Twelve thousand affordable homes, 60 acres of new public open space, 10 to 12 new schools, two or three libraries, more than 30 childcare and healthcare centers, a new bus rapid transit line. Now they just need a few billion to build it.

A sprawling rail yard in Queens, New York—covering more than 180 acres, with multiple subway lines adjacent to regional rail—is one of the busiest and largest rail yards in the country. But the City of New York and Amtrak are hoping to transform it, creating a new neighborhood filled with affordable housing and park space above the train tracks.


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