Monday, June 15, 2009

The High Line Park

I wanted to do a very quick post to share a really interesting project that has been in the works for a very long time. It's called the High Line, and it's a park above New York City. The park has its origins in an abandoned section of overhead train tracks. The guys who developed the park got the idea from the little ecosystem that seemed to form itself over time in the abandoned space.

Now, the High Line has become something welcoming and engaging, a park for the public. Only one section is apparently open, but SBO friend Aviva paid this section a visit. The photo above is from her post about her visit. Read it here.

It's interesting to see how the remnants of a phase of societal development become the backbone for a later one. Off the top of my head, I can only think of a few other examples: the ritual center of a religious group becoming a pastoral must-see, an orchard becoming a loose collection of free fruit trees, or a prison becoming a tourist attraction. It also makes me wonder what of our current age will become the repurposed relics of the next generation.

1 comment:

  1. If you come to New York this summer, I will take you to the High Line and buy you a City Bakery iced tea!

    (Thanks for the link)