Beyond the High Line

January 24, 2011 | CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

New York City’s High Line is much more than a magnificent public park built on a defunct, elevated railway. “The point of the High Line…is that it’s invitation to further action,” says Malcom Gladwell, staff writer for “The New Yorker” and best-selling author. “It’s a big, splashy symbol of all kinds of things that can be done in an urban environment.” As part of the Great Issues Forum at the Graduate Center, Gladwell, along with Jerilyn Perine, executive director of the Citizens Housing and Planning Council, and Robert Hammond, co-founder of the Friends of the High Line, discussed the topic, “The New York High Line: Is It a Model for the City or Not?” moderated by John Mollenkopf, director of the Center for Urban Research. To think of the High Line as a single, one-time creation “is to lose the value of it,” says Gladwell, “It’s a demonstration, to all of us, of what could be accomplished.”
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