Videos: The amazing story of the High Line
This is a great story. A raised train track in the middle of New York City was abandoned. Unused since the 1980s, this train track actually began to grow wild grasses. So much wild grass grew on the track that you could mistake it for the countryside and not a space in the middle of a city. A group formed called Friends of the High Line with the goal of maintaining this green space. In 2005 they got permission to build, in 2006 Mayor Bloomberg broke ground and now architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro are working on making an elevated park from a space that was once a rail road. You cannot legally walk on the High Line right now but there is a book of photos called Walking the High Line to show us what it's like. The video above and two videos below the fold explains the project and include interviews with High Line supporters like movie star Edward Norton. I can't wait for the project to be finished. I wonder if this is the fate of our highway system as well?
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