Grand Central Station is one of New York City's most enduring landmarks -- and also one of its most innovative, writes author Sam Roberts. The station was conceived by William Wilgus, who pioneered the use of air rights to develop the space above a dusty, goat-infested railyard. "It would take a stubborn visionary to recognize that this blighted swath of Midtown could be converted into an iconic 140-foot wide canyon bordered by brick, steel, and glass skyscrapers," Roberts writes.

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