At the turn of the century Journal Square was a residential community of Victorian-era homes with wrap-around porches lining cobblestone roads. . All that began to change, however, when the Hudson and Manhattan Tubes – the predecessor of the PATH system – opened in 1909 with a station in the area that would later become Journal Square. This once-quiet neighborhood is now a bustling transportation hub. Recently, the city condemned several properties on the Square to make way for two $600 million residential towers, one 52 stories and the other 46 stories, including 150,000 square feet of retail space.