Re: No great city without parks I think what I like best about the High Line, and about the idea of the High Line, is that it opens our eyes to areas that can become green spaces. Think about it, if an abandoned elevated freight rail line can suddenly become a beautiful, green park, and a place for tourists, and solace, the possibilities for urban greenery are pretty much unlimited. I think the High Line serves its neighborhood well -- if you know that area of the city at all, you know that today it's very commercial and trendy and modern and overpriced... so to be able to look up and see trees, and a walking path, elevated above all of that, is pretty special. And what Adrian says in his next video is great as well -- the fact that the revenue from the park has already made up for the public funding that was spent to build it.
It's a true success story, and it's great to see that other cities are getting set to follow our lead here.
Re: No great city without parks I've yet to visit the highline. Guilty! My dad has been recommending that I do since it opened. I think this video was the fire under my butt I needed to get over there!
Re: No great city without parks I completely agree Mary! His statement is so true. A park is the heart of the city, there's something so lovely about strangers tanning together in the grass on a hot city day, or dogs playing together, children running around a jungle gym. The park is where we all go to be together and take in the things us humans need; air, sunshine, laughter, kindness (to name a few)!
Re: No great city without parks I love the idea of the Highline, the innovative use of space to create urban greenery and a tourist attraction.
Admittedly, this was my first visit to the Highline! As I mentioned previously, I'm surrounded by parks uptown, so I haven't felt the need to go down to the Meat Packing District to walk along the Highline. That said, I'm delighted that these "rail-to-trail" conversions are catching on, and in another video we'll hear from Adrian about other innovative uses of land, and other cities that are taking a cue from New York.
Re: No great city without parks Definitely, Mary. Adrian is the right guy for the job because parks are his passion. Even after we finished filming, it was clear he could have talked about this topic with us all day. We'll have an upcoming piece from him in which he discusses building "fitness zones" in city parks around the US, which is a fantastic idea.
Re: Parks A Political Issue Needing Resolve Hi @kq4ym: Yes, parks and green spaces are essential. One of the reasons I like living where I do in NYC is because I'm situated between two great parks -- Carl Schurz Park, which is one block away; and Central Park, which is a 15-minute walk westward (or a quick bus ride).
We have more videos from Adrian coming this week, who took the time to record several video blogs for us. One of the topics he spoke about is how the idea of "the park" could change in our future cities, where urban space and green space (hopefully) become one.
Funding is, indeed, an issue, and that's why it's good to have organizations like the Trust for Public Land looking out for park development.
No great city without parks Wonderful video, and I heartily agree with Adrian's statement that you cannot have a great city without parks. Kudos to his past tenure with NYC for helping parks there. I think he's drawing great attention to a key area in his present job as well.
Parks A Political Issue Needing Resolve Needless to say parks and open space are necessary ingredients for healthy living in an town, large or small.
The issues in funding parks, getting politicians and planners to agree where and how large are not insignificant.
Most areas and states have planning rules and requirements for the amount of space to be utilized for different typed of park space, and although one would think the codes would be easy enough to implement and carry out, it doesn't always work so easily.
In our area some dozen years ago, and part of the state mandatede required open space requirments for our county was a 27 hole golf course with tennis and pool facilities attached. While under private ownership it satisfied part of the county's requirement for certain numbers of acres and recreational facilities.
Unfortunately, the owner decided to sell off the golf course parcels to a dozen different entitities. The loss of the golf course land left the county deficient is atate mandated open space/recreational area. So, far and many years later, the replecement recreational land has not been developed to replace it. A bit of politics and funding is said to be responsible for the resulting lack of rec lands.
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