London’s Rushing to Copy New York’s High Line Park for Its Economic Effects - by Dave Burdick
I don’t know what else could possibly make a city consider plans for a park “as a public experience and urban mushroom farm,” but that’s precisely the result of a contest called A High Line For London. (For my part, I’d rather luxuriate atop abandoned elevated rail lines than in abandoned subterranean ones, but maybe they’ll be laughing in London in 12 years, too—see also the “Low Line.”)
“[The High Line] has generated $2bn-worth of private investment surrounding the park and is predicted to exceed $900m in new tax revenues for the city over the next 20 years.”
This is why parks in an urban space are important. They spur development, raise property values and oh yeah, improve our quality of life. With that being said, have you seen the innovative proposal for the Hollywood Central Park?
The idea is to cap the 101 freeway!