civic cathedral: big benches almost empty at Union Station
I can still remember -- particularly around major holidays -- when Union Station was packed. There were throngs of people, all ages. Train stations had a grandeur and civic significance that airports really don't. In Chicago at the recent ALA conference, I visited the station and although the building seems lovingly restored, it was nearly deserted, as this photo records.
The other thing I love is that the broad marble steps into the station are scooped out -- the weight of millions of footsteps.