The High Line in New York City is one of the most well-known elevated parks, but around the world there are many similar urban reclamation projects underway. The success of the High Line inspired many other cities around the world to reuse and rethink space around old rail lines. Here are 10 plans from Europe, Canada, Australia, Asia, the United States and Mexico.
Here are our picks this week for the best of the Untapped Cities Photo Pool. To have one of your photos featured in our weekly roundup just hashtag your Instagram or Twitter photos with #untappedcities. Keep an eye on what others are tagging by following our live feed!
1 WTC (newly crowned tallest building in the US) reflected on to the newly opened 4 WTC by @rachel_fawn:
This week, we wanted to highlight all the urban exploration and city finds our readers have been photographing on Instagram and Twitter all around the world. Hashtag #untappedcities and follow Untapped Cities on Instagram to get your photos featured in this weekly roundup.
Instagrammer @laraelmayan shows us this Art Deco facade in the Manhattan’s Financial District with a surprisingly warm glow:
This interactive project combines nineteenth-century maps of six American cities to satellite images of those cities today. You can toggle between using either as a background while using the other as viewfinder window. The result is a before-and-after exploring tool. This project is a collaboration of David Rumsey Map Collection (amazing historical map resource), ESRI’s story maps, and the online Smithsonian Magazine.
Note how this land on the Upper West Side looks contiguous from the Park, almost completely undeveloped in 1836.
You can get a glimpse of the Bloomingdale Trail, an abandoned railroad line in Chicago, on a Blue Line Train from O’Hare to the Loop. The Blue Line comes in to the city at an angle, and so you’ll only able to observe the verdant path for a few seconds before it disappears behind passing buildings. In a year though, if all goes according to plan, the trail will be open and accessible to the public. This month, The Trust for Public Land helped us get access to the trail to share this story with Untapped Cities readers.