Questioning A 'High Line' for Jersey City

A proposal for a "High Line"-like park in Jersey City has some locals deeply concerned about the project's large price tag.
November 12, 2010, 8am PST | Nate Berg
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Some say the plan would add a great new element to the city, but others see it as being out of place.

"Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy of Jersey City, along with other municipal and state officials, has officially toured - and enthusiastically endorsed - the High Line. Mr. Hyman, too, expressed admiration for it, saying he had visited numerous times and had also toured the Promenade Plantée in Paris, which has been cited as one of its inspirations.

'But Jersey City is not New York or Paris,' Mr. Hyman said. "The embankment is not located in an area filled with shops and commerce like those places have. And there is no money here to build a High Line. It cost $150 million in New York - and about a third of that was contributed by celebrity philanthropists.'"

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Published on Thursday, November 11, 2010 in The New York Times
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