The High Line: Creative Ideas, Startling Results

Architects design a startling new public park in Manhattan two stories above street-level on a section of an abandoned elevated freight track.
August 12, 2004, 8am PDT | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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"..the design confirms that even in a real estate climate dominated by big development teams and celebrity architects, thoughtful, creative planning ideas - initiated at the grass-roots level - can lead to startlingly original results. As the process continues, the issue will be whether the project's advocates can maintain such standards in the face of increasing commercial pressures.

The idea is to create a virtually seamless flow between past and future realities, a blend of urban grit and cosmopolitan sophistication. But it is also to slow the process of change, to focus the eye on the colliding forces - both natural and man-made - that give cities their particular beauty. That vision has a more subversive, social dimension: to offer a more measured alternative to the often brutal pace of gentrification."

Thanks to Abhijeet Chavan

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Published on Thursday, August 12, 2004 in The New York Times
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