05 Jan '12, 4pm

Paris had the High Line before the High Line was cool

Paris had the High Line before the High Line was cool

Oh, New York. You think that you've got a cool new idea, but always (always!) Europe beats you to it. NYC’s been getting all kinds of excited about its High Line park, an abandoned train platform converted into a wonderland of local plants, awesome places to sit and people-watch, and hibiscus ice pop vendors. But at TreeHugger , Alex Davies points out that NYC is just a couple decades late to the elevated park party. For almost 20 years, Parisians have been enjoying a stroll above city streets on the Viaduc des Arts. And just like the High Line, the elevated platform is a converted rail line. Since it's Paris, though, they don't have plebeian entertainments like ice skating rinks and open-air beer halls beneath their elevated park. They have art galleries and artisan workshops! Plus, it looks totally beautiful. Whatever, though, their ice pops are probably flavored with brie.

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2012-01-05-paris-had-the-high-l...

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