In 1934 the City of New York christened the High Line rail line, which was uniquely designed to connect directly into factories and warehouses, allowing trains to roll right inside buildings. Milk, meat, produce and raw and manufactured goods could be transported and unloaded without disturbing traffic on the streets.

That was yesteryear. Fast forward to 1980, when there was an outcry to demolish the High Line—at the time a collection of abandoned and growing grasslands and forests on the old raid bed. Luckily, early versions of preservationists raised a ruckus and fought for a stay of execution. 

Fast forward one more time, and you have today’s High Line, which is among New York City’s most cherished and visited venues, spanning blocks of the city’s West Side. 

About three weeks ago my wife and I strolled the High Line through jammed-packed crowds, most from foreign lands far and wide. We exited the High Line and marveled at the hotels, restaurants, high-end brand-name shops, and more, that the High Line has spawned.

Lesson learned: our urban artifacts are treasures, and our young developers should focus on redevelopment of the “old stuff.” 


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