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The Powerhouse was built in 1906 to power the railroads running in the Tubes connecting the Jersey City waterfront and Manhattan. The Tubes later became the PATH system, although the Powerhouse has been idle for more than a half century. In recent years, the powerhouse has developed a cult following and was the namesake to the now defunct Powerhouse Arts District. The district was designed to provide discounted housing for artists to encourage a lively arts community. The powerhouse is currently undergoing renovations, though a final plan has not been resolved. High rise development around the Powerhouse will almost certainly put further pressure on preservation efforts.

The Jersey City Powerhouse in downtown Jersey City

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