The High Line Project in New York is an inspiring example of how an initiative launched by members of the local community led to a closed down rail line being transformed into a green inner-city oasis.
Two residents of the rail line, or high line, neighbourhood founded the Friends of the High Line group, to advocate for the reuse of the high line and its transformation into an urban park.
The group initiated a study to prove that the transformation of the high line into a public space was economically rational and created a momentum large enough to raise awareness within state government.
Today the high line park is one of New York’s key attractions and more than 450 public programs and community activities are held in the park yearly. The park is owned by the city of New York, and maintained and operated collaboratively with the Friends of the High Line.
Friends of the High Line raises 98% of the High Line’s annual budget.
To find out more about the High Line Project, have a look at the Friends of the High Line website.
The Underline in Miami, USA will connect communities, improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety, create over a hundred acres of open space with restored natural habitats, encourage a healthy lifestyle, provide an easily accessible place to exercise, create a mobility corridor that integrates transit, car, biking and walking, provide a 10-mile canvas for artistic expression, attract development along US1, and generate significant economic impact.
To find out more about the Miami Underline, have a look at the Underline Website
The Bentway is a unique and innovative public space that transforms 1.75km underneath Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway into a new gathering place for our city’s growing population.
This is a legacy project that will empower communities to grow and inspire each other. The space’s footprint crosses more than 70,000 residents across Exhibition Place, Liberty Village, Fort York, Niagara, Wellington Place, Bathurst Quay and City Place.
To find out more about The Bentway, have a look at The Bentway website.