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High-line, a railroad became green park

The High Line in New York has become a synonym for urban regeneration. Almost a playground, or a place to find, unique and different in a panorama of palaces and traffic. Carries a unique history , that of an architectural able to go against the need for building expansion of the eighties. It is as if he had gone beyond the concept of modernity adding yet another. 
Story of a redevelopment. So, walking around Manhattan, with an eye toward the Hudson River, it turns out this strip of elevated route, which once ran the train on the West side line. Built in 1930, the railway line ran through the Meatpacking district (the old district of slaughterhouses ) and was used to transport meat and its products to be processed. Most of the line is , though, in the West Chelsea neighborhood in full swing from the artistic point of view . High pass line in 1980 saw the last car, and it appeared in front of him a destiny far from rosy . The main idea , in fact, was that of a dismantling of the railway, but in 1999 a group of citizens founded the association " Friends of High line", proposing the redevelopment in urban park. The project they proposed was approved in 2002 and, with private funds, the path came to life in his first stretch 1.6km long . It is precisely the "Friends of High line" to manage and treat the park , along with the City of New York. Not only that, the association shall implement the necessary funds to cover 90% of the budget necessary for the maintenance . Now the aim is to complete the third part of the path, after prolonged in 2011. In total, High line will exceed 3 km in length.
Drawings of New York life. In effect, we are talking about a linear park, where locals and tourists can spend their free time. There are fountains, benches , areas used as an art gallery, areas Wi- fi and even restaurants and street vendors. They are, from time to time, volunteers who keep it clean and functional path . They are the same volunteers who care for the more than 100,000 plants present , with an effort of over 1200 hours needed to complete the task of pruning in the spring . The plants that make up the park are annuals, perennials and grasses, with a strong presence of trees and shrubs both evergreen and deciduous . Everything is arranged according to the taste of the planting designer , Piet Oudolf who worked exclusively devoted to the choice of plants. You see, in fact, that nothing is left to chance, to a tangible quality in every detail.


Represents an innovative example of urban regeneration. And volunteering has played a key role