What would Jane Jacobs think about the High Line? How can you re-create the success of the High Line in other places around the world? How does the High Line benefit New York City?
These questions and more were discussed by Robert Hammond, executive director and co-founder of Friends of the High Line; Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point and staff writer at The New Yorker; Jerilyn Perine, executive director of the Citizens Housing and Planning Council; and John Mollenkopf, director of the Center for Urban Research, at the CUNY Graduate Center on December 10, 2010 as part of “Public Programs for the Public Mind” lecture series.
The group had plenty to say about the High Line, but perhaps our favorite comment came from Malcolm Gladwell, who said, “The point of the High Line, to me, is that it is an invitation to further action, it is a big, splashy symbol of all kinds of things that can be done in an urban environment. To think of it as a one-off is, to my mind, is to lose the value of it. It is a demonstration to all of us about what can be accomplished.”
In case you missed it, you can now watch the video online.