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Running head: SEI PHASE 5 MOCK DEADLINE 11/11/21
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                                                   Ecological Infrastructure
The Grand Central Terminal is one of the eminent places in New York. Not only is it a landmark, but a commercial center endowed with a cultural representation of the New York People. The Grand Central Terminal has been rendered a material infrastructure developed to actualize and deliver to the needs of the New York people. It is a non-mobile utility providing transit services to the New York people. Additionally, the Grand Central terminal is designed attractively such that it is a representation of architectural beauty and achievements in New York. It receives more than twenty million tourists in a year thus can be comprehended as a major contributor to New York’s economy (Schlichting, 2003).
On the other hand, ecological infrastructure is a  perspective defining how the material infrastructure in the society affects how people behave, their culture, and their health. The Grand Central Terminal affects New York people in various ways. It also bears some effects on the New York environment. Firstly, the terminal’s elements such as pipes are made up of asbestos material which is very harmful to humans. During its construction, the workers in the terminal were nicknamed the ‘snow-white workers’ since they were covered in white. This material is carcinogenic and results in cancer hence affecting the health of people. At some point, the terminal was sued but after several tests, it was rendered fit (Hunter, 1988). However, the fact that it still comprises asbestos material is a risk to the environment and people, for instance, if the pipes bursts.
Additionally, the terminal holds a lot of people at a time thus has been a hot zone during the spread of the coronavirus. Crowded places led to increased chances of spreading the virus hence the place was risky to the overall health of the New York population. Initially, the terminal also was a source of noise pollution which affected the environment and people in it. The Grand Central Terminal management has ensured that no asbestos leaks or break from the pipes by having regular checks and testing. Additionally, they have put covid protocols in place where everybody wears a mask and observes social distancing. Noise proofing has been done in the terminal recently hence noise has been reduced.
Hunter, D. B. (1988). An ecological perspective on property: A call for judicial protection of the public’s interest in environmentally critical resources. Harv. Envtl. L. Rev., 12, 311.
Schlichting, K. C. (2003). Grand central terminal: Railroads, engineering, and architecture in New York City. Johns Hopkins University Press+ ORM.