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Published on July 6, 2008

I’ve long been fascinated by Roosevelt Island and Louis Kahn’s 1973 FDR Memorial proposal. The project was never realized due to New York’s financial crisis through the 70s and Kahn’s unexpected heart attack in a Penn Station bathroom in 1974. The south tip of the island, where Kahn’s memorial was to be situated, has become hotly contested ground over the past six months as renewed interest in the FDR project has sparked protest from some local residents who claim that Kahn’s plan will obstruct the sublime panoramic views that the site’s current treeless condition affords. has uploaded a few video clips related to the ongoing controversy. In the clip below, Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation President Steve Shane take a walk around the project site with Dick Lutz, managing editor of Roosevelt Island’s local paper, the Main Street WIRE.

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