Before the High Line was transformed into New York City's newest open space, it was a derelict piece of infrastructure awaiting demolition.
Reclaiming the High Line, the Design Trust's landmark feasibility study created in partnership with Friends of the High Line, was the linchpin that ultimately led to Mayor Bloomberg's decision in 2002 to rescind the outstanding demolition order on the High Line.
The value of Reclaiming the High Line
as an advocacy tool flowed directly from the Design Trust fellows' (Casey Jones
and Keller Easterling
) unbiased approach. To evaluate the full range of possibilities, from demolition to transportation, commercial, arts-oriented, and open-space scenarios, the fellows met with community groups, development experts, and design professionals. The High Line's history and physical conditions, local zoning, and current uses were all considered.
The first section of High Line Park opened to the
public in June 2009 to international acclaim. In fact, many of the strategies, design principles, and recommendations outlined in the study have been implemented in the Park.