October 18, 2011 at 4:56 pm #159694
Did someone already post this? Fun to think about, looking at the pictures..There was also an article about taking the old TAPPAN ZEE BRIDGE (!!!) and turning it into a park, now they have decided to move ahead with a new bridge.October 18, 2011 at 5:35 pm #159698
you loose, Henry..This came out two days ago – it is proposal to re-use old bridge ‘instead of demolition’.
A long shot, no doubt, many obstacles, as the blind man said in Oh Brother Where Art Thou,
but I will take that cigar!
: )October 18, 2011 at 5:47 pm #159697Thomas J. JohnsonParticipant
The Design process has started for the Bloomingdale Trail in Chicago (http://www.bloomingdaletrail.org/). To attempt to recreate High Line would be a mistake. It is not the same site. Rather, it should set an example as a modern multi-modal connection between chicago’s neighborhoods and ultimately, the loop, it’s downtown district. The opportunity exists to create a variety of experiences and pocket parks along its length but unlike High Line, you should be able to ride a bike, jog or roller blade the route.
My “big idea” for the site is to create a 20+ person pedal-powered centipede bike that rides the rail. With two such contraptions they could go back and forth all day, just like a train, giving people free, clean (non-polluting), transportation between neighborhoods. It would be the first of it’s kind. Chicago is a city of firsts.October 19, 2011 at 6:41 pm #159696Tosh KParticipant
Tappan Zee is ready to fall apart, the cost to make it structurally sound would be financially irresponsible. I do like Atlanta’s Beltline project as it has a strategic vision to help distribute the civic resources as a system.
I had a few classmates over the years that looked at doing a cycling machine that rode the rails, dunno if it’s more cost effective than a trail over longer less traveled stretches, but as a transitional use could be fantastic.October 19, 2011 at 7:22 pm #159695
If you read the article, Tosh, it says the cost of re-habing the Tappan Zee would be less than the cost of demolition..
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