Monday, 13 April 2009

New York's Parkland Walk

A couple of weeks ago, I was wandering along the Parkland Walk, a stretch of abandoned railway track in North London that is currently a peaceful walk through some of the funkier parts of Town. Well, inspired by the people os Haringey and Islington, the denizens of the world's self styled Capital have taken it upon themselves to copy and improve upon the original with their own Parkland Walk. Of course being New York, they jazzed up the name, and actually pout some funding into the project and invited journalists from around the world to make a big noise about it.

But, it is essentially the same as London's rail bed walk.

So I ask this. If the American's can market an abandoned railway in a forgotten part of their city, why can't we in London do the same? And considering ours is four times longer (and twice the length of Paris' Promenade Plantée). And remember, the Parkland Walk has been open for significantly longer than either of these two structures.

Oh well, a case of London leading the way, but the others taking over...

2 comments:

Asad said...

And over...and over...lest we forget that by c.2020, both Delhi and Istanbul will have more kilometres of rail line in their city limits than London...still, some stations on the London Underground might make for nice gallery spaces...yah...

Caution Wet Paint said...

yeah, morden springs to mind as a particularly artistic place ;)