Mayors' Institute on City Design


The High Line Network

The High Line Network offers a list of riverfront, bridge, railway, and other innovative reuse case studies in cities across North America. It and its member organizations publish research, plans, tools, and other resources to forward the field of infrastructure reuse, including reuse best practices, arts and culture models, equitable development frameworks, and more.

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11th Street Bridge Park’s Equitable Development Plan

“A key goal of the Bridge Park is to serve as an anchor for equitable and inclusive economic growth. The Bridge Park’s design strategies will increase connectivity between those living on both sides of the Anacostia River, but more must be done to ensure that residents and small businesses nearby will continually benefit from the success of this signature new civic space. To achieve this goal, the Bridge Park staff worked with community stakeholders to create an Equitable Development Plan in 2015, that was updated 2018… The goal of the Bridge Park’s Equitable Development Plan is to ensure that the park is a driver of inclusive development—development that provides opportunities for all residents regardless of income and demography. By following a community-driven-vetted process, it is our hope that other cities can look to the Bridge Park as a prime example of how the public and private sectors can invest in and create world-class public space in an equitable manner.”

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Community First Toolkit

“This toolkit is designed to help park organizations address inequities caused by infrastructural racism, and shape public spaces that bring social, environmental, and economic benefits to our communities. Community engagement is the foundation of all the tools, and together, they offer a flexible process for ensuring that public spaces and open space projects benefit the residents and businesses they serve and avoid displacing them.”

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