A development called The High Line, in New York City, is a project that offers its city dwellers an escape from the hustling city streets. The High Line was built in the 1930’s and originally used for freight traffic. The rails were lifted 30 feet in the air which removed dangerous trains from the crowded streets. Through time, growth of interstate trucking led to an abandonment of the line. In 2009, The High Line was repurposed and became a public walking park that is elevated above the city streets, with views of the city skyline and the Hudson River.

Along with being a safe place to walk, The High Line offers many benefits to the neighborhood which include the world’s longest green roof, gathering areas, and a rise in neighborhood interest with many restaurants, and store openings. The High Line should serve as a model for other cities to adopt as a way to create sustainability. During construction, community input sessions were held to encourage neighborhood residents to share their ideas. These are tactics that all American cities should use in order to represent an opportunity for citizens to become more involved in sustainability planning. With thousands of people walking The High Line in a day, it is evident that American cities could only benefit from creating a more friendly walking space. The best part about The High Line is that it was created by using space that had been previously abandoned, unused and dilapidated. Walking is the cleanest and most affordable mean of transportation, so we should all have a walking opportunity to walk on a innovation like the High Line!

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