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Re-using Infrastructure for Public Space: High Line, NY.

Posted in Models by Kate Archdeacon on June 29th, 2009

Source: Mason Curry, Metropolis Magazine, Newsletter 06, 2009

Image: High Line by Mason Curry via Metropolis Magazine

New Yorkers have been reading about the High Line for at least three and a half years.  The project—which officially opened to the public on June 8—lives up to expectations. It is not only a beautiful and novel urban park, but a remarkably serene and even understated space.

“The High Line was built in the 1930s, as part of a massive public-private infrastructure project called the West Side Improvement. It lifted freight traffic 30 feet in the air, removing dangerous trains from the streets of Manhattan’s largest industrial district. No trains have run on the High Line since 1980. Friends of the High Line, a community-based non-profit group, formed in 1999 when the historic structure was under threat of demolition. Friends of the High Line works in partnership with the City of New York to preserve and maintain the structure as an elevated public park.”  The High Line

Source: Mason Curry, Metropolis Magazine, Newsletter 06, 2009

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