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Crossing the Hudson

Crossing the Hudson

When the automobile arrived early in the twentieth century, offering Everyman his own means of freedom and speed, New York City faced a critical decision. The remaining barrier between city and nation was the broad Hudson River; everyone knew it had to be crossed. But should the crossing be a tunnel or a bridge? And should it carry trains, the symbol of manifest destiny and corporate power in the nineteenth century, or automobiles, symbol of the new century's urge toward maximum individual freedom? The question fell to two brilliant engineers, one old and one young.

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