The High Line in New York City is definitely one of my most favorite urban design projects.
Originally the High Line was built in the 1930s, as part of a massive public-private infrastructure project. It lifted freight traffic 30 feet in the air, removing dangerous trains from the streets of Manhattan’s largest industrial district. In 1980 the trains stopped running.
30 years later, the abandoned train track has turned into an innovative and contemporary public park and one of NYC’s best loved spots of greenery. The park is the brainchild of a group called Friends of the High Line, who formed in 1999 when the disused track was under threat of demolition.
The project gained the City’s support in 2002, the first section of the park opened in the summer of 2009. A few days ago “section 2” was unveiled to the public.
To conclude this entry, I leave you with a short documentary of 2009, which shows the beginning of an inspiring success story. Hope you like it!