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Urban Green Space Retrofits: Rail Line Parks

What could we do with unused green space like this abandoned rail line section in NYC?

There are many prospects for creating trail parks on existing elevated rail lines within our major cities. This model of protected bike paths and pedestrian-focused walkways connecting parks, playgrounds and neighborhood access points utilizes already existing infrastructure and legal rights of way and reclaims them for productive recreational and protected transportation byways.

See The Bloomingdale Trail in Chicago and The High Line Park in New York City. The High Line Park already has renovated sections open for public access and more sections are in development.
These specific urban projects are opportunities that fall under a larger national agenda forwarded by advocacy organizations like the Rails to Trails Conservancy that promote the conversion of unused rail lines to active access parks and green spaces throughout the United States.
Here are some concept sketches for the Bloomingdale Trail Project in Chicago.


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