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The High Line

"The High Line has become a tourist-clogged catwalk"- New York Times

Dezeen Wire: "the High Line has become a tourist-clogged catwalk and a catalyst for some of the most rapid gentrification in New York's history," says author Jeremiah Moss in an article published in the New York Times.

Moss claims that the elevated park that opened in 2009 on an abandoned railway track has become an overcrowded attraction that has prompted a surge of luxury development in the west Manhattan neighbourhood, causing rents to rise and local businesses to struggle.

"Within a few years, the ecosystem disrupted by the High Line will find a new equilibrium," he says, but suggests that local shops, cafes and even galleries will be pushed out to make room for the chain stores and tourist-friendly restaurants favoured by passers-by.

Landscape designers James Corner Field Operations and architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro are currently working on the third proposed section of the High Line, which is due to open in spring 2014. See our earlier stories about section one and section two.

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