Event Title

Keep it Wild: Ecogentrification and New York City's High Line

Presenter Information

Megan Wells, Colby CollegeFollow

Location

Diamond 221

Start Date

1-5-2014 9:00 AM

End Date

1-5-2014 3:00 PM

Project Type

Presentation- Restricted to Campus Access

Description

The High Line has quickly risen to global fame as a must-see destination in New York City. Initially, the elevated railroad tracks were used to deliver goods to the industrial warehouses of West Chelsea and the Meatpacking District. After the 1950s, use of the High Line declined until it was abandoned in 1980. After many legal battles, a private organization, The Friends of the High Line, took control over the reinvention of the public space as a an urban park. This paper will explore the ways in which the High exemplifies the increasing privatization of public spaces and the creation privileged leisure space. Additionally, this paper will focus on the way that the High Line exemplifies ecogentrification by masking the goal of gentrification with a discourse of sustainability.

Faculty Sponsor

Ben Lisle

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. American Studies Program

CLAS Field of Study

Interdisciplinary Studies

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

822

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Keep it Wild: Ecogentrification and New York City's High Line

Diamond 221

The High Line has quickly risen to global fame as a must-see destination in New York City. Initially, the elevated railroad tracks were used to deliver goods to the industrial warehouses of West Chelsea and the Meatpacking District. After the 1950s, use of the High Line declined until it was abandoned in 1980. After many legal battles, a private organization, The Friends of the High Line, took control over the reinvention of the public space as a an urban park. This paper will explore the ways in which the High exemplifies the increasing privatization of public spaces and the creation privileged leisure space. Additionally, this paper will focus on the way that the High Line exemplifies ecogentrification by masking the goal of gentrification with a discourse of sustainability.

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