Monday, November 16, 2009

High Line Manhattan

Conservation, ecological restoration and industrial transformation are on the hot list these last ten years as big cities (Pittsburgh, Manhattan, Cleveland, and Chicago) are working to beautify their communities. Concrete, plants, brick, vegetable gardens - all living in harmony in the big city roofs and platforms. One of the more popular projects, High Line Project, has been getting the attention of Sustainos, Architects, City Planning Commissioners and Engineers. Why? With access to more federal money in form of grants and working to attract the Brain Gain, cities are working to one-up another each other while supporting the notion of buy local. Buy local at restaurants, stores, museums and art galleries!

The High Line project has been gaining lots of momentum (with the railway trains) through three of Manhattan's tremondous, dynamic, funky neighborhoods. These include the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea, and Hell's Kitchen/Clinton. When the High Line was built in the 1930's, the neighborhoods were dominated by industrial and transportation uses. Now many of the warehouses and factories have been transformed into hip art galleries, uber cool design studios, museums, residencies and restaurants.

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