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The High Line Opens In New York City. An Urban Design Miracle

Posted by: Bruce Nussbaum on June 9, 2009

If you’re in New York over the next months, don’t miss the new High Line Park. I know many architects, designers and urban planners who fought long and hard to transform this old railroad bed into a beautiful park for people and birds.

The success of the High Line illustrates the powerful nexus of culture and economic growth. Thanks to the creation of this new park, dozens of new stores, condos and hotels have opened up along its path, reviving rundown neighborhoods and generating jobs, wealth and taxes.

This is a big win for Mayor Mike Bloomber, the New York design set, the public and the city as a whole. See, you can do progressive urban planning and promote economic growth at the same time.

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July 2, 2009 5:31 AM

Today I heard about the High Line for the first time; walked it, dropped in on several businesses around it and talked with their people; and read Bruce Nussbaum's article -- and all in a single evening, between 7 p.m and midnight.

Nussbaum is right -- the High Line is both a fine work of art and powerful practical economics. Here's a place where economic stimulus is working before your very eyes. Who says public initiative and private enterprise must be in conflict? Who says cleaning up the environment and caring for nature is bad for business? Those all-too-numerous people who've been listening to primitive far-right ignoramuses on such matters should walk the High Line and the neighborhoods around, and see for themselves how civic pride; public initiative, artful invention and business enterprise can reinforce one another.

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