This is the High Line during it’s years of use. (To mostly passengers between 1934 – 1960′s). And Below are some images of what the High Line turned into after it’s last use (carrying a few frozen chickens in 1980). Not to say it was not beautiful in it’s own romantic sort of way, but certainly not safe or functional. (these images by Joel Sternfeld by way of The High Line.org website.)
In 1999 two guys who lived in the neighborhood of the High Line, started Friends of the High Line and their efforts to save the tracks and have them re-purposed as a pedestrian park were underway. It didn’t happen over night but in 2006 the project was underway, led by world class firm JAMES CORNER FIELD OPERATIONS.
Check out this video that much better explains this amazing project below:
ATTN: CLEVELANDERS: Take note as FIELD OPERATIONS is the same firm that was commissioned to re-imagine our own PUBLIC SQUARE! We too can have a world class park! Check out the PROJECTS section of their website then click on Cleveland’s Public Square. Now look at the images below of the High Line today and take note of the billions of dollars worth of development that has been spurred on around this park as a direct result of this project. We too could see the same kind of positive impacts, from a functional, beautiful, world class make over of our city’s center.
Below are images taken from the High Line.org’s website:
Anyhow, I just love the High Line and want so badly to be able to walk to Public Square on my lunch break and have the same sort of experience. And I can’t help but think of all the amazing potential projects, businesses, buildings etc that would pop up around it.