Secret proposal for « Even Higher Line » on top of New York’s High Line revealed

  • 1 avril 2021
  • Architecture de paysage institutionnelle
  • Circulation multi-usagers
  • Design urbain et espaces publics


1 avril 2021.

New York City planners are working on secret plans for a controversial new pedestrian walkway on top of the High Line, dubbed « The Even Higher Line ».

The plans, which were leaked to Dezeen, involve turning the former elevated railway into a multi-storey attraction, increasing visitor capacity while allowing for social distancing.

The development would also allow real-estate owners to double the height of buildings adjacent to the High Line in exchange for backing the proposal.

Since opening in 2009, the High Line has welcomed eight million visitors per year, with the 1.45-mile route often jam-packed with sightseers, joggers, commuters, marching bands, flashmobs, cheese markets, line-dancing marathons and military parades.

The new proposal would allow the introduction of a one-way system, with pedestrians on the existing level travelling in a northwards direction while the upper level would be reserved for southbound walking.

Squadrons of armed drones would patrol the skies to ensure everyone walked in the right direction.

Even Higher Line would be higher than surrounding buildings

The High Line has triggered frenzied regeneration along its length, with formerly neglected lots redeveloped as high-rise towers, turning the once airy route into a dark canyon.

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