City Meets Nature: Abandoned Transport Routes Turned Into Parks
New York High Line, New York City, US
The last train ran on the New York High Line on Manhattan’s West Side in 1980. Decades of battle ensued as rail enthusiasts and local residents fought developers to turn the 30ft-high track into a public space. Owned by the City of New York, the 1.45-mile infrastructure is maintained and run by nonprofit organisation the Friends of the High Line, which raises the lion’s share of the park’s $12 m annual operating budget.
Photo: Iwan Baan