3. It Was Inspired by the Coulée Verte in Paris
Look familiar? The Coulée Verte René-Dumont is actually in the 12th arrondissement of Paris, built in 1993 out of a repurposed railway. It follows the old Vincennes railway line and crosses an elevated viaduct called Viaduc Des Artes as it reaches the Bastille. Retail shops are housed within the arches of the viaduct.
The High Line, the Coulée Verte’s American counterpart, was actually meant to have connecting retail space under it, but plans were discontinued after spaces under the park became privatized. One of the most famous uses of one of these spaces was by Banksy, who created a pop-up gallery there during this New York residency.