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On Friday the thirteenth, a group of planners, transportation experts,  sociologists, and techies joined together for an intimate dialogue hosted by The Open Planning Project (TOPP) and the Regional Planning Association (RPA). Perched on top of 148 Lafayette, we gathered to discuss "New Technology for Participatory Planning". A series of "lightning talks" revolved around the potential of evolving technologies to simultaneously address planning challenges and open communication barriers.

New Technology for Participatory Planning conference. Ideas for take-away discussions.
 

The Open Planning Project acts as an advocate and resource for those who wish to understand the planning of cities around them.  TOPP is about to launch a new community-based planning tool using open-source software,  where those interested in planning can converge online.

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vancouverThe Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts. Image from The Vancouver Sun.
 
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Photographed by Jason Bell in New York City.

Here's a nice one for the High Line's trophy case. Co-Founders Joshua David and Robert Hammond, along with architect Charles Renfro of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, were honored with inclusion in Out Magazine's annual Out 100, joining the likes of Pedro Almodovar, Wanda Sykes and Tony Kushner, among others.

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macleanAlex S. MacLean/Landslides Aerial Photography
 

We need your help at City Hall on Monday, November 23, as the City Council's Zoning Subcommittee holds a final public hearing on the rezoning of the Western Rail Yards.

City Council Hearing on Western Rail Yards
Monday, November 23, 9:30 AM
City Hall, 260 Broadway, Council Chamber
(Please note the location change)
Subway: A, C, E, to Chambers; 1,2, to Park Place; 6, N, R to Bklyn Bridge/City Hall

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Thanksgiving at the High Line. Photo by Auzelle Epeneter.
 

Yesterday, the High Line staff celebrated Thanksgiving early with a farewell potluck in honor of our seasonal staff (a sample of the myriad of delicious dishes is pictured above).  High Line gardeners Au'brey Gill, Meg Graham, and Maryanne Stubbs will part from us during the dormant winter months.

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elevatorPhoto by Auzelle Epeneter.
 

The new 14th Street elevator is now open (and beautiful).  Next time you visit the High Line, give it a try--you'll be transported from street level to High Line level by way of a vivid yellow-green car. It's just to the West of the High Line stairs on 14th Street.

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kaspar watering holeHigh Line gardener Kaspar Wittlinger watering the grasses just south of the Standard Hotel.
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1948The West Side, from about West 15th Street to West 10th Street. Courtesy Nick Jones.
 

High Line supporter Nick Jones recently sent this great aerial shot our way. He tells us it was taken in 1948, and that the aircraft  (from left to right a Stinson SR-10, Grumman Widgeon, and Grumman Goose) are all NYPD planes.

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