Can The High Line Be Replicated?

David Brewster can image four possible locations in Seattle where a High Line-style blight-to-park revitalization could occur.
June 12, 2009, 11am PDT | Tim Halbur
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The High Line in New York is a marvel of revitalization, turning an unused stretch of elevated rail into a unique urban park. Would it be possible to duplicate the uniqueness of the project somewhere else? Editor of Crosscut.com David Brewster thinks Seattle may be ripe for a High Line of its own:

"Already, I hear the objections. Elevated structures took a beating in the battle to get rid of the Viaduct and in all the urban design objections to the Monorail. But those are large, loud examples, as opposed to pure pedestrian walkways in the air.

So think a bit about the advantages of elevated linear parks. They can provide remarkable views, often through the slots of the cityscape. They open up access to back-door and upper-level spaces. They make connections with gritty urban history."

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Published on Thursday, June 11, 2009 in Crosscut.com
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