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Vincent Scully

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One entered the city like a god. One scuttles in now like a rat.
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On the 1963 destruction of New York's grand and original Pennsylvania Station and its replacement with charmless subterranean shopping mall, quoted in Unearthing Gotham : The Archaeology of New York City (2003) by Anne-Marie Cantwell, p. 10

 
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