Linear Parks


Linear parks have sprung from abandoned rail lines in cities nationwide. This article looks at the most well-known of these industrial transformations, New York’s High Line park, along with examples of other abandoned railroads, bridges, canals and factories that have been reshaped into parks. The piece also discusses linear parks from an economic point of view, noting that these spaces have spurred development.

“The prospect of preserving industrial beauty sits well with landscape architects and public officials, who look at the high cost of disposing of these relics and realize that a less expensive, more enduring solution may be to reclaim them for the public to enjoy.”

Lisa Dusenbery is the former managing editor of The Rumpus. More from this author →