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Preservation Battles

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Preservationists worry that the proposed Midtown East rezoning will destroy the character of the city around Grand Central, and the Journal takes a look at why this is a complicated issue for the area: "Its urban appeal derives, in several places, from the harmonious interaction of properties, and preservationists can point to the lasting harm that rude additions can inflict. For example, the anodyne facade of the Grand Hyatt on 42nd Street serves as the urban equivalent of misused punctuation between the brilliant statements of Grand Central and the Chrysler Building." [WSJ; previously]