We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I saw Grand Central Station like that back in 1960. A friend and I flew into NY from Boston to go to the Peppermint lounge newly opened. We had no money and no place to stay so we tried sleeping in GCS. The police woke us up and made us move on. The next night we tried to sleep in an all night movie but became the target of muggers or worse. A wild weekend.
First time I visited NYC, GCS still had the decaying remains of a 60's or 70's refurbishing in place. The station looked awful, but the plans to tear all that out and restore it to something close to original were in place. By the time I came back to NYC as a resident, the restoration was complete. I was amazed when I visited; mostly because I couldn't believe anybody would willingly foul the place up like they had. Why did the think they were improving the place with the prior refurbishing?
The '60's & '70's sure were bad about making public places much more awful than they had been to begin with.
The effort to make beautiful, hand crafted buildings more "modern" did an incredible amount of damage. After examining the efforts of 60's designers we removed a giant steel screen from a beautiful, one of a kind terre cotta exterior. Even with the holes from the screen supports patched in it was still better looking than the earlier "remodel".