A High Line Similar To The One In NYC Is Coming To Your City Soon
NYC’s High Line has inspired global cities to transform disused public structures into beautiful public spaces.
The High Line has become an iconic place in New York City that is worth explore. This linear park, built on elevated freight lines, used to be used carried goods to and from Manhattan’s largest industrial district from 34th Street to Spring Street (from 1934 to 1980) has become a major attraction for both: tourists and locals.
It was founded in 1999 by the community residents’ group Friends of the High Line. The park was able to come into reality after these friends fought for the High Line’s preservation and transformation at a time when the historic structure was under the threat of demolition. Joshua David and Robert Hammond are the founder and also residents of the High Line neighborhood, to advocate for the High Line’s preservation and reuse as public open space.
The time has come for other cities in the US and around the world to join the trend lead by the High Line in NYC. The designers behind this project have joint efforts to create a group whose mission will be advising cities across the country on how to best use their abandoned infrastructure and turn them into useful and stunning community spaces. The name of the group is the High Line Network, a collective group of designers, architects, and community leaders working together on building the next generation of public spaces.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the most exciting High Line projects in the US and the world.
Mexico City’s Chapultepec Park is the oldest and largest urban park in Latin America, and one of the oldest urban parks in the world. The Chapultepec Park Trust, committed to the rehabilitation of the park and the reactivation of underused areas for public enjoyment, has carried out many projects in the past decade to protect the park’s heritage and improve conditions for the close to 15 million people who visit the park each year. Mexico City’s official Public Space Authority allocated some $4.3M to build an elevated path, The Chapultepec Project. It will connect a metro station to Chapultepec Forest as well.
London has its own version of the High Line. The “Low Line” focuses on the rail arches that have been part of Bankside for over 150 years. A project conceived by a local resident, it aims to transform the public realm by opening up the mostly car-free walkway that runs along the base of the Victorian viaducts. One of the main goals of the project is to regenerate and promote the economic potential of the railways arches with business spaces that will support both: small and medium size businesses.
The architecture firm OMA and landscape architects OLIN will be leading the design of Washington DC’s first elevated park. The 11th Street Bridge Park will be located on the piers of the old 11th Street Bridge spanning the Anacostia River. This will be a new venue for healthy recreation; environmental education and the arts.
The Presidio Tunnel Tops is a new 14-acre park destination is where visitors will connect with nature, where kids will play and grow, and where all of us will be inspired by 360-degree views that were never before possible. The park will feature scenic overlooks, paths and gardens; a community plaza with food and services; a campfire circle and picnic grounds; and an expanded youth education center with new labs, community space, and an interactive “playscape” where kids can explore nature. Free and well-connected by public transit, the Presidio Tunnel Tops will also reconnect parklands formerly bisected by infrastructure.
The Promenade Plantée (Coulée Verte), in english the “green course” or the “tree-lined walkway”. It is commonly considered the inspiration behind NYC’s High Line. This Paris attraction is a narrow parkway which stretches for 4.7 km or 2.9 miles long. It is an elevated park constructed in 1994 on a 19th century Vincennes railway viaduct. The walkway begins to the east of Opéra Bastille and ends at a spiral staircase which leads to the boulevard Périphérique.
The Atlanta BeltLine is a planned loop of parks, trails, transit, and affordable housing that circles the City of Atlanta. According to their their design team, the project has built mostly in abandoned railway corridors. It will include 33 miles of multi-use trails, 22 miles of light rail transit, 1,300 acres of new greenspace, and 1,100 acres of remediated brownfields. The Atlanta BeltLine is expected to connect 45 in-town neighborhoods, provide first and last mile connectivity for regional transportation initiatives, and put Atlanta on a path to 21st century growth and sustainability.
River LA works to rethink the future of the Los Angeles River by leveraging design and advocacy to create accessible open space while also working on keeping the region secure from flooding. In 2014, a team comprised of River LA, Gehry Partners, OLIN, and Geosyntec Consultants began developing the LA River Index based on 25 years of existing data to evaluate and maximize the river’s possibilities. The project represent the next step for the Los Angeles River to dramatically improve public health, enhance the region’s water management efforts, and revitalize communities that have been underserved for too long.
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