14 Jul '11, 11am

The original #HighLine is this spectacular park in #Paris: #urbanism #publicspaces #smartgrowth #BastilleDay

“The Promenade Plantée is built on the former right-of-way of the Vincennes railway line, which linked the Bastille station to Verneuil-l'Étang beginning in 1859, passing through Vincennes. It ceased operation on December 14, 1969; part of the line was integrated into Line A of the RER [regional commuter rail], while the Paris-Vincennes was completely abandoned. “Beginning in the 1980s, the area was renovated. In 1984, the Bastille station was demolished to permit construction of the Opéra Bastille. The Reuilly area was designed in 1986; it incorporated the old commercial rail depot of Reuilly into a group of park areas. The Promenade Plantée was put into place at the same time in order to reuse the rest of the abandoned line between the Bastille and the old Montempoivre gate to the city. Landscaper Jacques Vergely and architect Philippe Mathieux designed the parkway, and ...

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