Collection by Allie Weiss

Awesome Parks Created from Abandoned Railways and Waterways

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In our February issue, we speak to Ryan Gravel, whose idea to transform Atlanta’s system of abandoned railroads into a thriving urban greenway was the impetus for the city's BeltLine project. The massive undertaking will convert a 22-mile loop of infrastructure into much-needed public space. Here, we take a look at similar projects in other cities, some of which helped inspire the details of the Atlanta plan.

View of the High Line public park, a former elevated New York Central Railroad spur, or branch line.
An inaccessible, overgrown space on Yellowstone Boulevard could become an access point to the QueensWay, with seating,…
The Bloomingdale Line, an elevated 16-foot-tall freight line that stretched across Chicago’s near northwest side, has…
Many supporters see it as a first step toward the creation of a linear expanse of parks and wetlands along the river’s…
Though plans are still being developed, a 14.9-mile unused railway in Singapore is set to be recast as a series of…
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