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View Poll Results: Best Park/Green Space Idea?
Embarcadero 2 25.00%
High Line 5 62.50%
Big Dig Parks 1 12.50%
Voters: 8. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 08-12-2013, 07:28 AM
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I've highlighted three cities' efforts to turn formerly blighted or otherwised unused space into parkland. Which of the three is the most creative, most beautiful, and has the most potential to be used by its citizens? Brief description of each project follows.

San Francisco Embarcadero: (referring to the post 1989 portions)

After the 1989 Earthquake, the never finished Embarcadero freeway was torn down. The city of San Francisco used this opportunity to create a boulevard along the waterfront. In recent years, projects have restored plazas and created small parks (such as the recently created park at Pier 39) along the waterfront, as well as running MUNI lines adjacent to the Embarcadero.

The Embarcadero

New York High Line:

In the heart of Manhattan, an unused elevated train line was converted to an above ground park, trail, and concert space. Currently 1 mile long, stretching from the meatpacking district into Chelsea, the system will expand to 1.45 miles in its next phase.
The High Line | Friends of the High Line

Boston "Big Dig Parks":

After Boston's massive rerouting of 1-93 underground, three new parks were created along the Charles River. North Point Park in Cambridge, and Nashua Street and Paul Revere parks in Boston were created. This project partially restored the Charles River area and will eventually be linked by trails. Already, there are opportunities for kayaking in the park system.

Welcome to NorthPoint Cambridge
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:02 AM
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Sorry for no pics.

Mods can I post from sources like wikimedia?
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Old 08-12-2013, 10:14 AM
Location: SF Bay Area
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I'd say the Highline, there is nothing else like it in the US. It's a very creative park imo and offers great views.
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