"PROPOSAL TO REMODEL THE BRIDGE, BY ARCHITECT EDMOND LOEDY, 1978 (LOEDY). According to Loedy’s design, the entire bridge was to be strengthened, widened, and enclosed so that its steel structure would no longer be exposed to the weather. Shops, hotels, and restaurants would be built along the length of the bridge. Each of the bridge’s four piers would have sloping condominiums built against them with their windows facing south for sunlight. All the piers would have observation areas, with elevators available. The tower over the second pier in from the Poughkeepsie shore was specially planned as a high observation tower. Since at the time of Loedy’s drawing railroad tracks still crossed the bridge, he planned for trains to run across it (a streamlined train shows on top of the bridge at the right). Loedy believed, however, that since ordinary trains crossing the bridge could shake it enough to endanger any buildings on it, the trains would have to be of magnetic levitation design." - an excerpt from: BRIDGING THE HUDSON, a book by Carleton Mabee.