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High Line elevated park in NYC. Sound familiar?

Remember a few months ago when we covered Tim Tielman’s idea about turning half of The Skyway into a ‘people park’? Well, maybe it isn’t so crazy after all. There’s a plan in the works that takes more than a mile of unused roadway in the middle in the middle of Manhattan and turns it into a greenway – it’s called The High Line.

I bet that there was a ton of people who said that the idea was rotten when it was first proposed. Now it looks as if this could be one of the coolest schemes around. It takes the people out of the congested city and raises them above the traffic and the commotion of street activity. It is there that they will find a little sky and vegetation (variegated green space) – an elevated getaway if you will.

Here’s the idea that Tim presented to BRO readers a while back. It only utilizes half of The Skyway. I bet that if the idea was looked at semi-seriously, and the bridge was replaced at the end of Michigan Avenue (solving the problem of getting to the Outer Harbor), people might actually consider the idea.

Urbanist Tim Tielman’s idea to use half The Skyway as a park, which would free up the other half for development.

The plan keeps half of The Skyway for the fans who like it as a backdrop and a scenic bridge, and it removes half of it that impedes structures from being built in and around the Commercial Slip.

Whatever eventually happens, I’m glad to know that there are people in Buffalo who can envision these types of developments.

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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