Tuesday, January 23, 2007

All Decked Out

Governing Magazine has a story about how cities are decking highways to create parks:

Benefiting from a Cover Up

Meanwhile, in Queens, a.k.a. "Bizarro World," the city wants to deck a railyard in order to build apartment buildings on it...

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Somebody ought to "deck" the one who came up with this idea!

mazeartist said...

Remember the Forgotten-NY Tour of Maspeth? If the LIE trench were covered with a park, not only would it allow for great views of the Fourth of July Fireworks, but also reunite a torn neighborhood with a "town square."

In Astoria, covering up Grand Central Parkway would turn a service road into a true "Astoria Boulevard," as its name suggests.

Covering highway trenches with parks should be our version of the High Line.

verdi said...

I think that instead of all of this building up to the sky, we should be building further down. If we have to live like rats let's at least live under ground where we might meet a better class of politicians!

Anonymous said...

In upper Manhattan, apartments are on a deck over the expressway between the G W Bridge and the Bronx.

Kids were found to be sick from the fumes. Anyone want to mention that the next time someone talks about roofing over highways or railroads for housing?

Anonymous said...

No one is going to spend the money and effort to deck these areas for the enjoyment of the people that live there. The person in your district will automatically be reelected to their office, or with term limits, you will elect their appointed substitute, so what is their incentive to do anything for you?