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Athenaeum Salon — The High Line

6:19PM ON 05/02/2012
BY H.L. Parker

high line (5.4) “Curating the City” is a 3-part series in which guest salonnier James Hall, Executive Director of the Providence Preservation Society, invites speakers to address strategies for evaluating, sustaining, and enhancing cities in the 21st century. Friday’s topic is the High Line, an elevated rail line in NYC that has become an innovative public space at the crossroads of environmentalism, preservation, and community activism.

Cities are made up of more than just monuments. Fragments of our industrial past also bear witness to the complicated, rich stories of urban life. Join Hall and Patrick Cullina — the horticultural designer and photographer who served as Vice President of Horticulture and Park Operations for ‘Friends of the High Line’ for a discussion of the reimagining of the High Line.

The High Line often gets mentioned during discussions of our own “where Route 195 used to be” project, currently in limbo. Check out the High Line image gallery.

Free and open to the public, 5pm to 7pm, Friday, May 4, Providence Athenaeum, 251 Benefit Street

2 Comments on “ Athenaeum Salon — The High Line ”

  1. people seem to forget that the high line takes foot traffic away from the business’s on the street below:

    http://www.amny.com/urbanite-1.812039/hard-times-under-the-high-line-for-small-businesses-1.3208587

  2. Dan is right about some NYC businesses being hurt by the High Line, but on the other hand: 1) Having been on the High Line, I can attest to what a great stroll it provides and how popular it is; 2) the former I-195 parcel is not at all like Manhattan, and designers should be able to avoid shutting out any potential new businesses there.

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