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Abandoned rail lines, once economically interwoven but psychologically marginal to city life, can become new, welcoming trails and greenways. They facilitate civic connections, unlike older parks intended as escapes from the city. This transforms cities into desirable places to live rather than districts inhabited primarily by necessity and not choice.
Sustainable Development & Design
Health, Safety and Welfare
1) Comprehend the transformative potential of abandoned rail lines as recreational paths and linear parks. 2) Internalize the current national context for rail-trail conversion, with a focus on urban areas. 3) Take the vanguard on specific roles for landscape architects to convert rail lines into linear parks. 4) Accept the relationships among the various public, private, and nonprofit stakeholders that are necessary to implement successful rail conversions.
Susannah Dranke, Adrian Benepe, Matthew Urbanski
American Society of Landscape Architects