A railroad abandoned since the 1960s in the Lower West Side of Manhattan had been an eyesore for decades until 2014 when High Line Park was completed. Community interests that began with the forming of a non-profit called Friends of the High Line in 1999 advocated for the conversion of the abandoned and decaying rails into a public green space for the neighborhood. The community support reached its peak in 2004, and the City of New York authorized $50 Million to commission High Line Park,. It now remains a beautiful park that interestingly incorporates the remains of the railroad tracks, attracts not only members of the community, but people from all over the city.
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