The upside down: inside Manhattan’s Lowline subterranean park

Tierr@_de_N@die: The cities, specially the big ones, they have to take advantage of the abandoned spaces to transform them into new, innovative and thrilling places where people can meet and walk. NY, after succeeding in  transforming a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side into a public space, now dreams about transforming an old metro station into a green park.

“The Lower East Side has a very large proportion of public housing, many vulnerable residents, a very diverse population, and it’s developing rapidly,” Barasch says. “What’s needed for communities to thrive are public spheres where you attract different kinds of people. As populations grow and there’s that rising tension between affluent and low-income residents, the question becomes: what kind of equity are we providing these people when it comes to open space? What the Lowline would do is create that, and also create a year-round open space, which would be first of its kind.”

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