Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The High Line

Last week's Wall Street Journal celebrates the opening of the High Line, a 1.45-mile long section of elevated railway in Manhattan that was recently converted to a park. Realizing this dynamic project took the efforts of a broad coalition of stakeholders who founded a nonprofit, built a team of advocates, and secured an almost unbelievable budget of $171 million.
An audacious project like this reminds me of the opportunities we have to combine "private initiative, [governmental] support, creative legislation, brilliant design and a willingness to risk the unpredictable" to improve our neighborhood. The branding campaign currently underway will be a test of nearly all of these, albeit on a smaller scale. I hope to see future projects enhancing our own network of parks, and more.
For more on the High Line, see the official web site.