New High Line Talk Series: Beyond the High Line

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Erika Harvey
Roosevelt Park sits in front of Michigan Central Station, the old railway station that seen a train in over two decades. Leaders from the Roosevelt Park Conservancy, the organization that is implementing capital improvements and developing a master plan for the site, will be at the High Line on Monday, July 23 to talk about public spaces in Detroit. Photo by David Schalliol.

The High Line gets a lot of attention, but it is one of many examples of officials, advocates, and community leaders joining together to transform out-of-use infrastructure into public space.

Beyond the High Line is a new series of free public talks bringing some of the country’s most innovative thinkers to the High Line to present their big ideas and talk about the latest updates. The series debuted in June, with a talk about Chicago’s Bloomingdale Trail (WATCH THE VIDEO), and continues on Monday, July 23 with a focus on new and revived public spaces in Detroit. Join us to talk with leaders from the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy and the Roosevelt Park Conservancy, and enjoy a reception with Coney Dogs and Motown music.

Follow us after the jump for photos and video from the Chicago talk.


In June, we welcomed Beth White from The Trust for Public Land and Ben Helphand from Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail for an introduction to the history of the railway, current design concepts, the complexities of a public-private partnership, and the balance required to create a public space that will be a mixture of park and trail, and both a neighborhood park and a citywide destination.

Watch video from Beyond the High Line: Transforming Chicago.

Join us on Monday, July 23 for the next program in our series, Beyond the High Line: Transforming Detroit, where Faye Alexander Nelson of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, and Phillip Cooley of the Roosevelt Park Conservancy, will share their experiences on public space in Detroit and the role it has had in the city’s evolution.