Working With What’s There
by Buck Quigley - posted 7:18 pm, November 3, 2009
Looks like those backward downstate New Yorkers are at it again. First, there was the successful High Line that reused a defunct Manhattan rail line as a public park, and now the Walkway Over the Hudson, the newest NYS park, which opened to the public on October 3. They even got Empire State Development grant money to help make it a reality.
A New York Times editorial describes it as “the latest example of the new kinds of infrastructure- for tourism and recreation- that are reshaping the Hudson Valley.”
Could something similar be done with the Skyway, if it’s ever decommissioned as a vehicular roadway? I’ve wondered about it. Some local folks think it’s worth considering, before spending tens of millions of dollars to tear it down and stuff all the scrap into our already bulging landfills.
And besides, the Skyway is part of our history.
Then again, maybe it’s just that people from downstate aren’t as afraid of heights as we are.