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Excellant project, and excellant book about elevated park,
This review is from: Designing the High Line: Gansevoort Street to 30th Street (Paperback)
Both the design and content of Designing the Highline are aesthetically pleasing.
It starts off with the route of the Highline in white on a black cover. The inside fold out cover is an aerial view of the site with the proposed Highline route colored in. The historical photos, the seasonal photos of the abandoned rail bed, and the high quality architectural renderings of the proposed design proceed seemlessly. I love the design idea of weeds growing up through sidewalk cracks.
Finding a place for a park in this part of Manhattan was no small feat. The community effort of Freinds of the Highline is an inspiration of what can be done by grass roots organizations.
Walking the completed section (from Gansevoort to 20th Street) of the Highline is fun. The views of the Hudson River to the east, seen between buildings and the street views to the west are a pleasure. There is just something different about experiencing Manhattan from an elevated park. The variety of colors of wildflowers and the way the benches emerge from the path's concrete planks are superb.
This project is an example of adaptation of the built environment at its best.