The design team needs to start by reimagining Lincoln Center as a full square. Currently, three sides of Lincoln Center welcome the public with the fountain, a landscaped plaza, picturesque views of performance spaces and seating for respite. On the fourth, the concrete wall that went up in the 1960s separates what was left from what came to be. From that direction, Lincoln Center’s campus is largely inaccessible to foot traffic, including to residents of the Amsterdam Houses, the public housing complex across the street. The Phipps Houses, still standing, are now more conventional apartment buildings.

Karsten Moran for The New York Times

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