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Two-Mile Freeway Cap to Cover the Autobahn in Hamburg

After deciding to widen the Autobahn 7 through Hamburg, Germany, local planners also decided cover the highway with parks. The benefits of the plan will include reconnected neighborhoods and noise reduction.
January 13, 2015, 6am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"When the A7 highway was first built in Hamburg, Germany, it sliced the city in half. Now a few divided neighborhoods are starting to be stitched back together, as the city begins construction on three new parks that will fully cover parts of the autobahn," reports Adele Peters.

Peters describes the new open space that will cover the highway: "Each new cover will stretch over a small length of highway and create a new park, with open meadows, woods, bike paths, community gardens, and tree-lined squares. In total, the roofs will cover over two miles and create over 60 acres of new green space."

Joseph Stromberg followed with another article about the project for Vox.

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Published on Thursday, January 8, 2015 in Fast Co.Exist
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