Thursday, November 4, 2010

Story Walk: "The Curious Garden"

The book you read on the Story Walk is "The Curious Garden" by Peter Brown.

"The Curious Garden" was inspired by what developed in New York City. An elevated railroad freight line was discontinued, fell into disarray, was re-discovered and became a park with some grass roots efforts instead of being demolished.
The High Line was built in the 1930s, as part of a massive public-private infrastructure project called the West Side Improvement. It lifted freight traffic 30 feet in the air, removing dangerous trains from the streets of Manhattan's largest industrial district. No trains have run on the High Line since 1980. Friends of the High Line, a community-based non-profit group, formed in 1999 when the historic structure was under threat of demolition. Friends of the High Line works in partnership with the City of New York to preserve and maintain the structure as an elevated public park. 
You can find out all about the High Line Park on their website

I had heard about the park via the Renegade Cabaret performances that started as the park began to open. Elizabeth Soychek lived in a 4th floor apartment with a fire escape that overlooked the High Line Park. She was inspired to sign and entertain the walkers along the path. Opening night of the "Renegade Cabaret" was recorded for replay:

Some folks in Franklin are looking to create a community garden. You can find more information about this local group on their website

Franklin, MA

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