In the News: Edmonton Journal Feature
We were so happy to sit down with Elise Stolte from Edmonton Journal to share our vision of High Level Line with her. Six of us met with her at District and she feverishly wrote notes while we explained what we have in mind. When it came time to see the printed article, we were so thrilled to see that we were featured on the front page! Thanks, Elise, for helping us raise awareness of our proposal.
High Level Line visionaries look for momentum and buy-in on new urban park
A dream to transform the High Level Bridge into an urban park and streetcar corridor that reaches from MacEwan University to Whyte Avenue is about to get its next big push.
The young professionals behind the High Level Line concept are incorporating as a non-profit this spring, recruiting a larger board, launching a series of public events and meeting with landowners along the line as they work to build momentum.
Between pilot projects, promotional T-shirts and plenty of talk this summer they hope to take their vision of a linear park to the next level. The backbone — the old rail line and multi-use trail that connects to the High Level Bridge — is already there, they argue. Someone just needs to fill in the missing links and improve the space to really connect the two cultural hearts of the city
There are obvious challenges to selling the idea. But with consulting engineers now saying that the top of the High Level Bridge cannot be used for a future LRT line, the concept doesn’t have to compete with other transportation initiatives for the turf.
Postmedia sat down with six core members of the team to learn more about what they’re pitching for the High Level Line.
Their unsolicited work is meant to start people dreaming about the possibility, said intern architect Michael Zabinski, imagining how this kind of green connection could support new development of underused pieces of land nearby. “There’s opportunity for every piece of land.”
There's more! Read the full article here: http://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/high-level-line-visionaries-look-for-momentum-and-buy-in-on-new-urban-park