How Parks Gentrify Neighborhoods, And How To Stop It

A new approach–“just green enough”–tries to balance sustainability and equity.

On the three Es of sustainability–ecology, economy, and equity–the High Line in New York passes the first two with flying colors. The elevated-railroad-turned-park has brought a fresh mix of plants, flowers, birds, and insects to the once-drab West Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. It has also attracted billions in financial investments, with area property values increasing 103 % between 2003 and 2011, Great Recession be damned.

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