Tag Archives: linear parks

The 606 Landscape Grows, as Do Concerns about Displacement

Two years after opening, the 606, Chicago’s signature rails-to-trails project, is growing in with growing pains. The “growing in” involves The 606’s nicely maturing, but not yet magical, landscape of 224 species of trees, shrubs, grasses, vines, bulbs and forbs. The “growing pains” are The 606’s unintended consequences: Rising rents and a wave of development threaten to force out some of the very middle- and working-class people to whom the elevated park was supposed to deliver much-needed open space. The... Read more

Phase One of the Rail Park, Philly’s High Line, Will Open Soon

This early portion of the Rail Park, ​Philly’s own version of the High Line, is almost ready. The cost is $10.3 million, and nearly all of the money has been raised through local, state and private funds. This part of the Rail Park is about relaxation, entertainment and community gathering as much as it is about walking. There will be benches, trees, flowers, art from the Percent for Art program and industrial swings modeled somewhat after the makeshift swings built on... Read more

Philly Breaks Ground on Its Own High Line-Style Park

Construction on Philadelphia’s long-anticipated Reading Viaduct Rail Park broke ground this week, with phase one of the project slated for completion in early 2018. The full vision encompasses three miles of abandoned railroad transformed into an above- and below-ground park. Phase one tackles a 25,000-square-foot section of elevated tracks that will feature a walking path, seating, landscaping, lighting and gathering spaces. Read more... Read more

Inspired by New York’s High Line, If Not Always Copying It

The success of New York’s High Line, a linear park atop an abandoned elevated railway, is inspiring park projects in cities around the world. One thing most of the copycats have in common is a desire to heal some kind of urban wound — the cuts in a city’s urban fabric made by railways, highways, or social segregation. Read more... Read more