New Yorkers will soon have a supercool alternative to Central Park; the High Line. The High Line used to be an old abandoned, elevated train track that now serving as an urban park planted with wildflowers, grasses and an amazing panorama of the city.
Currently in its third and final phase of construction, the High Line just unveiled what looks like a giant green bowl, but has been officially dubbed the Spur. The Spur has been designed by architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, landscapers James Corner Field Operations and planting expert Piet Oudolf, all describing their creation as “part agriculture, part architecture, where nature has reclaimed a once vital piece of urban infrastructure”.
The first and second section of the park walks through the Meatpacking District and Chelsea, the third and final section (Spur) will be positioned at the widest point of the High Line, across the intersection of 10th Avenue and West 30th Street.
Places like the High Line should give encouragement and practical examples that it is never to late to add more green to urban areas. Many economists say, "nature is great but we have to keep the economy growing" yet, with ecosystems degraded or abused and habitats lost, we need to hang on to what we've still got while we try and change things. Nature nurtures our souls and lifts our spirits. But it also sustains us and our economy, and it is for this reason that we take it for granted.
Our big task is to change the way society, and economics values these extraordinary things. But while we work on that, we can get on with making a difference wherever we live. Being true to our natural roots is one of them.