Bashing New York’s High Line as “Disney On The Hudson” : TreeHugger
August 23, 2012 1 Comment
Lloyd Alter’s post on Treehugger isn’t the only one to respond to Jeremiah Moss’ strongly-worded op-ed in Tuesday’s New York Times, but so far it’s the best I’ve seen in capturing my feelings about what’s going on there. Moss basically complains of how the High Line has encouraged gentrification, driving up local prices and driving out old, dirtier businesses from West Chelsea. While this is unfortunate, I think Alter makes a good point in the conclusion of his article: “…the real lessons of it are that people are attracted to beautiful things, people like to walk if they are given a safe place to do it, and that investment follows infrastructure.” Call me insensitive, but I don’t feel that fear of gentrification is a reason not to build nice things.