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Hello from the High Line!

In October several 2nd year Runstad MSRE students headed up to NYC for the Annual ULI Fall Meeting. We might have lost a little of our dignity while celebrating into the late evening, but I’m happy to report that everyone is headed home!

This morning I had the opportunity to walk the world famous High Line. This above ground pedestrian path was originally intended for trains to carry goods to and from Manhattan’s industrial district. Due to shifts in transportation technology (18-wheelers) the trains were shut down in the 1980’s. Fortunately individuals in the neighborhood realized the potential the beautiful iron structure possessed, and worked to form the Friends of the High Line. Working with the City, Friends of the High Line selected James Corner (yes the same James Corner who’s working to redesign the Seattle Waterfront) to help redesign the unused tracks. The final portion of the track open just a few weeks ago, September 21, 2014. This definitely deserves a visit on your next trip to New York!

This amazing path now runs north from Gansevoort Street to the Hudson Rail Yards being redeveloped by the Related Companies in partnership with the City of New York. The picture below was taken from the High Line and shows the progress currently taking place at the Hudson Rail Yards. In the left of the photo you can see the Javits Center, home of this year’s ULI conference.

Patrick Kassin, Second Year MSRE Candidate