JERSEY CITY, NJ - The Bergen Arches Preservation Commission (BAPC), a group seeking to re-imagine a now-defunct rail line running through Jersey City as public green space, has been named as a member of The High Line Network.
"Our group is very excited to be a part of The High Line Network and to be the first member representing Jersey City, NJ," reads a statement from BAPC. "We believe that our vision for the Arches will help breakdown socio-economic divides–figuratively embodied in the underutilized industrial infrastructure of the city. Our alliance with the Network opens many new opportunities and allows us to rethink our own strategies as we face new challenges in our society."
The High Line Network is a strategic hub formed for nonprofit leaders converting underutilized infrastructure into open space. Of course The High Line is a prime example of this concept, transforming abandoned rail lines on the West Side of Manhattan to create space for recreation and even limited commercial use. Once facing demolition, the zone has become one of New York City's premier tourist attractions, while giving residents of Chelsea and neighboring areas a valuable green ribbon of imaginative park space.
On our side of the Hudson, BAPC endeavors to take the rail line cut through the Palisades and convert into a recreational corridor. The end goal is to make Bergen Arches part of the East Coast Greenway Project, which will be a 3,000-mile walking and biking route connecting 15 states and 450 communities from Maine to Florida.
"As the region’s population continues to grow, the conversation about infrastructure and green space is more urgent than ever," reads a statement on BPAC's social media. "Jersey City is rapidly developing into one of the most densely populated cities in the US [currently number four] and the Bergen Arches has the potential to help solve this problem in our city."
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