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City Parks Piggyback on Infrastructure
Oct. 8, 2019 | The New York Times | By Jane Margolies.

With land scarce, green space is being built into needs like transit hubs and power stations. But the projects come with challenges.....Salesforce Park is a lush landscape that stretches four city blocks atop a transit center in San Francisco. With lawns, hillocks, lavender beds, leafy trees and a walking path, it gives commuters a relaxing place to wait for their bus and attracts people who live and work nearby looking for respite in the middle of a busy city.

Despite its presence as a calming oasis, Salesforce Park faced stressful start-up challenges....Building a park 70 feet in the air atop a transit center showed how complex it can be to piggyback green space on active infrastructure. Such projects require coordination among many consultants and, often, multiple levels of government, with possible construction delays, cost overruns and pushback from residents....still, with land for urban parks scarce and prohibitively expensive, the practice is becoming increasingly common......“It’s a way of making infrastructure do double or even triple duty,” ....Parks add value not only for relaxation, recreation and human health,....but also for combating heat, absorbing storm water and providing habitat for wildlife....an infrastructure project with a park can cost less than two projects undertaken independently, ......“There’s an economy of scale and an efficiency,”....The idea of building parks on infrastructure can be traced to the rails-to-trails movement, which for four decades has transformed abandoned rail corridors into walking and biking paths.......The wildly popular High Line in Manhattan, which opened in 2009, gave impetus to the idea of adding greenery to infrastructure that is raised off the ground.....The High Line is considered a design and tourism triumph, but it has also drawn criticism for accelerating gentrification along its route and not better serving residents of nearby public housing.... adding green space to functioning infrastructure has gained traction.....The vast majority of projects are built on transportation infrastructure, however, including so-called deck parks over highways — adding green space while stitching back together sections of cities that the roadways ripped apart long ago...
economies_of_scale  green_spaces  High_Line  infrastructure  parks  public_spaces  repurposing  Salesforce  San_Francisco  overlay_networks 
october 2019 by jerryking
The High Line effect: Why cities around the world (including Toronto) are building parks in the sky - The Globe and Mail
DAVE MCGINN
The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Oct. 01 2014

The final section of the 2.4-kilometre-long park was completed last month, putting the finishing touch on what has become the most successful public-space transformation in the United States, if not the world. The High Line attracts five million visitors a year, making it the second most visited cultural venue in the city. Its financial impact has been similarly massive, attracting $2.2-billion in new economic activity and raising tax revenues by an estimated $980-million over the next two decades.

Now Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Rotterdam, Seoul, Toronto and Mexico City are all hoping to catch some of that magic with their own “parks in the sky.” These projects are redefining our understanding of what a park is, and in the process helping to create a richer, bold new vision of public space.
parks  High_Line  Toronto  Chicago  Philadelphia  Rotterdam  public_spaces 
october 2014 by jerryking
$20 Million Gift to High Line Park - NYTimes.com
By LISA W. FODERARO
Published: October 26, 2011

Many visitors to the High Line, the popular park that wends above street level on the West Side of Manhattan, stop at its northern terminus and peer wistfully through a chain-link fence at the as-yet unreclaimed half-mile segment to the north. Until this week, the nonprofit conservancy that operates the High Line still needed to raise $85 million to finish the park and maintain it.
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On Wednesday night, the conservancy took a major step toward that goal when Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced a $20 million gift to the High Line from the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation.

The gift, which will help build up the park’s endowment and pay for the design of the last section, is the single largest donation ever made to a New York City park, according to city officials.

It follows two previous donations totaling $15 million to the High Line from Barry Diller, chairman of IAC and Expedia, and his wife, the designer Diane von Furstenberg.
High_Line  philanthropy  Barry_Diller  parks  New_York_City 
october 2011 by jerryking
High Line
April 2011 | National Geographic Magazine - NGM.com |
web_video  parks  New_York_City  High_Line 
may 2011 by jerryking
Miracle Above Manhattan
April 2011 | National Geographic Magazine - NGM.com | By Paul
Goldberger. New Yorkers can float over busy streets in an innovative
park.
parks  New_York_City  things_to_do  High_Line  Manhattan 
may 2011 by jerryking
Bringing the High Line Back to Earth - NYTimes.com
By WITOLD RYBCZYNSKI
Published: May 14, 2011
The High Line may have become a fashionable distraction for out-of-town
visitors, it succeeds because it offers a green outlet to its many
neighbors, who, like Parisians, live in small apartments. In no other
American city do residents rely so much on communal green space, rather
than backyards, for relaxation....American cities are always looking for
quick fixes to revive their moribund downtowns. Sadly, the dismal
record of failed urban design strategies is long: downtown shopping
malls, pedestrianized streets, underground passages, skyways, monorails,
festival marketplaces, downtown stadiums — and that most elusive fix of
all, iconic cultural buildings. It appears likely that we will soon be
adding elevated parks to the list.
New_York_City  sightseeing  things_to_do  urban  parks  High_Line  Manhattan  revitalization  public_spaces  green_spaces 
may 2011 by jerryking

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