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Deconstructing the High Line: Postindustrial Urbanism and the Rise of the Elevated Park
edited by Christoph Lindner and Brian Rosa
contributions by Nate Millington, Darren Patrick, Brian Rosa, Danya Sherman, Alan Smart, Daan Wesselman, Tom Baker, Julian Brash, Phil Birge-Liberman, James Corner, Scott Larson, Christoph Lindner and Kevin Loughran
Rutgers University Press, 2017
Cloth: 978-0-8135-7646-6 | Paper: 978-0-8135-7645-9 | eISBN: 978-0-8135-7647-3
Library of Congress Classification F128.65.H54D43 2016
Dewey Decimal Classification 307.121609747

2017 Choice Outstanding Academic Title

The High Line, an innovative promenade created on a disused elevated railway in Manhattan, is one of the world’s most iconic new urban landmarks. Since the opening of its first section in 2009, this unique greenway has exceeded all expectations in terms of attracting visitors, investment, and property development to Manhattan’s West Side. Frequently celebrated as a monument to community-led activism, adaptive re-use of urban infrastructure, and innovative ecological design, the High Line is being used as a model for numerous urban redevelopment plans proliferating worldwide.

Deconstructing the High Line is the first book to analyze the High Line from multiple perspectives, critically assessing its aesthetic, economic, ecological, symbolic, and social impacts. Including several essays by planners and architects directly involved in the High Line’s design, this volume also brings together a diverse range of scholars from the fields of urban studies, geography, anthropology, sociology, and cultural studies. Together, they offer insights into the project’s remarkable success, while also giving serious consideration to the critical charge that the High Line is “Disney World on the Hudson,” a project that has merely greened, sanitized, and gentrified an urban neighborhood while displacing longstanding residents and businesses.

Deconstructing the High Line is not just for New Yorkers, but for anyone interested in larger issues of public space, neoliberal redevelopment, creative design practice, and urban renewal.  
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