The story of New York’s High Line (part 2 of 5): The challenges [video]
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Improbable Journey: The story of New York’s High Line
S1: Well, CSX and its predecessors date back to 1827 and then we're stewards of a marvelous infrastructure that goes through thousands of communities of the Eastern United States. We're primarily a freight railroad of course, that's our bread and butter.
S2: Well, we acquired the property as part of our acquisition of Conrail, and having almost a mile and a half of property through lower Manhattan is highly unusual. There's nothing else like it.
S1: When we first came to see the High Line in its aging quality, we realized that this was a property no longer used for rail operations, and that we had to find some use for the property into the future.
S2: The High Line had some issues. It was the subject of ongoing lawsuits. It had some deterioration that was being pointed out by building inspectors and others.
S1: So the first strategy, immediately after Conrail was acquired, the push was to demolish it. We didn't necessarily think that was a great thing, but that seemed to be what the city wanted and all the interests wanted.