Once a bustling transport link to Manhattan’s finest industry, The New York High Line became abandoned in the mid-80s. After two decades of neglect the local council created plans to remove the snaking structure from the Manhattan skyline. However, the birth of ‘Friends of the High Line’ represented an unique opportunity for urban renewal:
Led by Robert Hammond, Friends of the High Line saw an opportunity to improve the quality of life in the urban environment by regenerating the transport link using sustainable techniques. This fantastic remodelling the urban landscape is truely inspiring, with many urban planning schemes following suit: examples include the Bloomingdale Trail in Chicago and the Harsimus Stem Embankment in Jersey City are two of the most exciting projects I’ve seen in the past year.
For more information on this tale of local cultural activism please watch Robert’s TED talk below or visit the Friends of the High Line webpage: