CityLab > “In hindsight, it might be obvious, but…”

(press.) In Atlanta, we talk a lot about the Atlanta Beltline’s role in the economic and cultural forces of gentrification, but it’s helpful to put it in context with projects in other cities across the country. New York City’s High Line emerged at the same time as ours, and in “The High Line’s Next Balancing Act,” Laura Bliss draws comparisons between them and introduces a new network of projects trying to address the challenges of change.

Excerpt: “But that’s just it: in hindsight, it might be obvious, but few could have anticipated the High Line’s downright gravitational pull on tourists and developers. For new projects that are modeled after it, however, it’s not too late to plan around the social problems that accompany economic success. Hence, the High Line Network. “I want to make sure other people don’t make the mistakes we did, and learn how to deal with these issues,” says Hammond. “We certainly don’t have all the answers.”  >> More.

Check out my previous post: A High Line for Every Season.

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