For Ryan Gravel—an urban planner by training who initially proposed the concept of the BeltLine in his Georgia Tech master’s thesis—urban infrastructure can serve as a metaphor for an entire culture.
The city of Dayton would like to transform an unused, elevated rail line that begins downtown and runs southeast into a bike trail and public park.
Those who’ve spent years planning a transformation of Seattle’s waterfront closely watched the final leg of Bertha’s journey and celebrated when the tunnel boring machine finished digging on Tuesday morning.
In the coming months, construction crews will begin building a pair of affordable housing developments along The 606 in Humboldt Park.
The trend toward urban living may be here to stay, but as residential towers rise higher and the amenities in buildings become more elaborate, people moving into cities are putting increased emphasis on connecting with the environment.
For years, urban planners have been redefining popular notions of city parks by converting unused, elevated rail lines into oases that offer a respite from the bustle of the city.