The High Line gave new hope to abandoned elevated structures across the United States, to the point that more or less every city wants something like it. But the public spaces beneath active elevated road and rail beds remain at best largely underused, and at worst dark and dusty corridors of neglect. Today the New York-based Design Trust for Public Space, which jumpstarted interest in the High Line with a 2002 report, has released a massive new mission paper called Under the Elevated, which hopes to do the same for the areas beneath road and rail infrastructure across the city. The report, done in partnership with the NYC Department of Transportation, is the result of a two-year study into these spaces. It calls them “el-spaces.”
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