Global 'Railroad Rennaissance' Reshapes Cities

A global railroad boom is resulting in faster trains, spectacular architecture, and the reshaping of downtown neighborhoods.
December 20, 2001, 2pm PST | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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"We are in the midst of a global railroad renaissance. This boom, which started in the 1980s, has resulted in spectacular new structures [and] the introduction of bigger, faster trains...The advantages of train travel--particularly for trips of less than 600 miles--are amplified by traffic that has slowed intercity driving and made suburban airports less accessible...Train stations offer architects the opportunity to make bold visual statements while reshaping the downtown neighborhoods in which they're often located." This article also features a photo essay of new railroad architecture from around the globe.

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Published on Thursday, December 20, 2001 in MetropolisMag.com
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