Greenfield development: Two women chat on a patch of grass along the High Line. (Julie Jacobson/AP Photo)

One of my favorite parks in the world, the High Line, has been challenged.
And for a good reason.

Maybe it was just to easy to like it, maybe because it was unique, maybe because it's placed as one of the most interesting parts of New York. But the reality is that suddenly what was a worldwide case study on how to bring a dead zone back to life, with impressive numbers, became a "problem" for its most important stakeholders: the community that surrounds it.

“Instead of asking what the design should look like, I wish we’d asked, ‘What can we do for you?’ People have bigger problems than design.” - ROBERT HAMMOND, High Line designer.

The famed “linear park” may be a runaway success, but it’s also a symbol of Manhattan’s rising inequality. Can its founder help other cities learn from its mistakes?


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