Double-Decked Streets For Lower New York

From August 6, 1911


DOUBLE-DECKED STREETS FOR LOWER NEW YORK: Department of Public Works Has Made Plans for Elevated Sidewalks and for Tunnels to Relieve Congestion. (PDF)

I can think of a few double-decked roads in the city (such as under elevated portions of the FDR drive, and beneath elevated subway tracks in the outer boroughs) but nothing like what’s depicted in this drawing. It’s an interesting concept. Are there any major cities with double-decked sidewalks along the roads?

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Written by David

August 3rd, 2011 at 9:30 am

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  1. This is similar to the Seattle Underground. After an 1889 fire, the streets were regraded to be a story higher in downtown Seattle. For a while, you could still access the original ground floor entrances, before the buildings were converted to have entrances on the new street level. Eventually the underground was sealed off. Seattle sidewalks still have glass skylights to illuminate the underground. See

    There are also tours of the underground:


    3 Aug 11 at 4:50 pm

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