Over the Christmas break James Million was fortunate enough to visit New York City for the first time.  One of the highlights of his trip was walking on the High Line Park, which stands out as an innovative example of urban renewal.

The High Line is located in the Meatpacking District and Chelsea and was built in the 1930s for the purpose of raising railway freight above ground level to avoid traffic conflict whilst being able to deliver freight directly to the adjoining warehouse buildings.


When the volume of freight on the line started to decrease, the warehouses were converted to housing, trendy clothing stores, bars and restaurants.

Throughout this period of change the old railway line somehow survived numerous calls for its demolition.  Then, more than two decades after the last train operated on the line, the first stage of the High Line Park was opened in 2009.

The park operates as a 2 kilometres long linear public open space that provides a unique elevated view of the city and the Hudson River.

The space has been cleverly designed to retain part of the old railway tracks and to incorporate natural planting that is reminiscent of the type of vegetation that was overgrown when the railway tracks were in a disused state.

DSCN0209The High Line Park has undoubtedly contributed to enhancing the desirability of the area with new apartment buildings overlooking the park costing a premium.  James recommends taking a walk on the High Line when visiting New York.

Enquires to James Million on 03 8698 9300 or jjm@colliepl.com.au