From New York’s High Line
by Paul Goldberger
Miracle Above Manhattan
New Yorkers can float over busy streets in an innovative park.
(go to the link to see the photo!)
Parks in large cities are usually thought of as (…) islands of green amid seas of concrete and steel. When you approach the High Line in (…) Manhattan, what you see first is the kind of thing urban parks were created to get away from—a harsh, heavy, black steel structure supporting an elevated rail line that once brought freight cars right into factories and warehouses and that looks, at least from a distance, more like an abandoned relic than an urban oasis. (…)
[The High Line] has been turned into one of the most innovative and inviting public spaces in New York City and perhaps the entire country. The black steel columns that once supported abandoned train tracks now hold up an elevated park—part promenade, part town square, part botanical garden. The southern third (…) opened in the summer of 2009. This spring a second section will open, extending the park ten more blocks, roughly a half mile, to 30th Street. Eventually, supporters hope, the park will cover the rest of the High Line.
If you are interested, you can read the whole article here.
Read the questions below, think about them all and then choose ONE of them and write your answer (5-10 sentences).
1. What is your favorite park? Where is it, what is it like? Why do you like it?
2. Do you know any other example of an interesting “architectural transformation”? Can you describe it?
3. There are many highways in the center of Osaka. If it depends on you, what would you do with them?