“High Lines” are popping up everywhere

The High Line is worth all the hype. The beautifully-designed green space allows you to see the city from a new perspective, spend some time with nature, and explore different neighborhoods, all while making use of what was once a disused part of the New York Central Railroad.

The designers behind the massive tourist destination just launched a group that will advise other cities across the U.S. on how to transform their own abandoned infrastructure projects into stunning community spaces. Called the High Line Network, this collective of designers, architects, and community leaders is here to bring High Line-inspired parks to cities like Los Angeles, Atlanta, D.C., and more, to help make the most out of unused public spaces around the country.

Hoping to get a High Line in your own city? There’s a chance that dream might become a reality. Take a closer look at 7 of the network’s many projects that are popping up around the country — and just maybe your city will be next to get a Manhattan-style makeover.

Washington, D.C.

OMA and OLIN

The results of a seven month design competition, architecture firm OMA and landscape architects OLIN will bring their vision for D.C.’s first elevated park to fruition. Spanning across the Anacostia River, 11th Street Bridge Park will serve as both a bridge for crossing and a public setting to enjoy festivals, markets, and performances — all while taking in stunning views of the city.
The civic space won’t be without eco-friendly design: on either end of the park there will be waterfalls linked to a filtration system to help clean the river water. Expect to enjoy all of its outdoor offerings in 2019.

San Francisco

Presidio Tunnel Tops

One of the studios behind the High Line, James Corner Field Operations, is planning a 14-acre green space above the tunnel that leads to the Golden Gate Highway.
This public space will be the perfect spot to take in views of the Golden Gate Bridge, picnic, hike, and bring your kids to play. Currently under construction, the Presidio Tunnel Tops is expected to be completed in 2019.

Atlanta

Atlanta BeltLine

Similar to the High Line in New York, the Atlanta BeltLine is designed to populate a series of abandoned railways, creating public parks, walking trails and affordable housing that will connect 45 different neighborhoods across the city.
The elevated park will include a botanical tree garden, art installations, and public activities like free fitness classes. The first phase of the park opened in 2008, and it is expected to be completely finished in 2030.

Queens

QueensWay

The goal of this community-driven project is to transform what was once 3.5 miles of railway into a community green space for the neighborhood to connect — with nature and one another. A nod to its Manhattan-counterpart, the QueensWay will emphasize the use of greenery, places to sit, and paths for cyclists and walkers.
It will also be a new way to enhance the use of Forest Park, which is Queens’ third largest park. The Queensway will also be a gathering place to check out cultural events and provide opportunities for local businesses.

Los Angeles

River LA is all about using design and advocacy to create more public space, while also protecting residents from potentially hazardous flooding. The massive concrete river isn’t LA’s prettiest site to see, but it certainly has a lot of potential.
Gehry Partners, OLIN, and Geogyntec Consultants are all working to revitalize the river and help to dramatically improve water management as well as the communities surrounding it that have been underserved. They plan to implement plenty of green space, innovative transportation and fun community programs.

Houston

Tom Fox/SWA Group

The Buffalo Bayou Project aims to revitalize ten miles of land alongside the river in Houston, developing a series of trails, parks, and bridges for the public to enjoy and explore.
This 30-year project is opening in phases, the most recent being a play area, dog park, cafe, performance pavilions, and visitors centers that offer boat and bike rentals.

Detroit

Detroit RiverFront

Previously an abandoned railroad line, the Dequindre Cut is now an urban pathway that connects the East Riverfront, Eastern Market, and various other Detroit neighborhoods along the way.
Known for its stunning street art and graffiti, the predominantly below-street level space now features 20-foot-wide pathways, including separate lanes for bikers and pedestrians. The first installation of the Dequindre Cut was made public in 2009 and a half-mile extension opened in April of 2017.

  • BB

    RE Presidio Tunnel Tops text: ‘One of the studios behind the High Line…’ – JCFO is Lead Designer and the ‘one’ really. DS+R handled stairs and elevators as architect of record but was not responsible (nor cared) for the bulk of the design until many years in after the project was catching major fire.