Last year, graduate architect Alex Raynes-Goldie visited the High Line in New York. Here’s what she had to say about it:
Easily one of the most inspiring urban revitalization projects in recent memory, New York City’s High Line began as an elevated freight railway that weaved its way over the lower west side of Manhattan in the 1920s. After being decommissioned in the 1980s, the line fell into disrepair. With many calling for it’s demolition, a group of residents came together as the Friends of the High Line in 1999. Community support for its preservation and reuse grew over the following years and, in 2004, the city allocated funding for the project. In 2009, the first section of the 2.3 km long park was opened the public.
There is just so much to love about this project – the way the park formalized how nature had already taken over the abandoned space; the way in which the community came together to save and now celebrate the park; the creative stance the project took on what green space and pedestrian-ism should look like; and far from least, the experience you have of downtown New York City as you make your way above, between and sometimes through, it’s downtown buildings.