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Planning Junkie

Geek of the Urban Sphere

New York City’s park in the sky. Once an abandoned, blighted track, running above western New York City. Now a beautiful public park. Nature did the first step, by blowing in seeds, growing weeds and then decomposing and evolving. Then just when it was set for demolition some local residents started thinking of how to save it. They started Friends of The High Line. Now it is becoming a full public park with trees, water features, benches, etc. Not only that, the neighborhoods it runs through have gained destination status.

Of course converting old rail lines into trails is nothing new. But an elevated greenway……

Paris has one, the Promenade plantee,  but it took building one here in the US for it to seem real. Now other cities like Chicago and Philadelphia are starting to dream up their own projects to turn industrial era relics into economic engines.


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