As the tagline says, the High Line Network is a group of infrastructure projects — and the people who are helping them come to life. One of these people is the High Line Network’s own vice president, Asima Jansveld. We may not be able to enjoy our public spaces as fully as we’d like to at the moment, but we will again soon—Asima spoke to us about what she does at the Network, why equitable public space matters, and the power of collective thinking.
What started as an unlikely plan to save an elevated railway on Manhattan’s West Side has turned into an extraordinary public space.
The High Line is a 1.5-mile greenway that runs through several New York City neighborhoods. Founded by neighborhood residents, Friends of the High Line partnered with elected leaders, government officials, and supporters to preserve the historic structure and fund the transformation of the High Line into a public space. Today, working in partnership with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, Friends of the High Line manages and operates the park, and raises nearly 100% of its annual operating budget. The High Line puts on more than 400 free programs a year and hosts rotating world-class art exhibits through its High Line Art program. In 2016, the High Line saw more than seven million visitors—one third of them New York City residents. As part of its ongoing commitment to the neighborhood surrounding the park, the High Line offers teen employment opportunities that give teens important training in professional skills—from horticulture to environmental justice.
|Status||Open / Ongoing|
|Opening||Section 1: June 2009
Section 2: June 2011
Section 3: September 2014
Spur: June 2019
|Size||6.7 acres, 1.5 miles|
|Design Team||James Corner Field Operations, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Piet Oudolf|
Managed and operated by Friends of the High Line in partnership with the City of New York
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Parade pulled together more than 50 greenways, at least one from each state, in hopes that you’ll be inspired to meander with us through neighborhoods, parklands, woodlands, wetlands—even mountains, canyons, deserts and glaciers. Turns out, some greenways are not even green but are white with snow or ice, and others in urban corridors are filled with confetti-colored murals.
Covering three days, the symposium was an intense time of learning and interacting with a wide range of leaders on the local and national level who are developing exciting community focused public spaces.