Trail Blazing With Edward Tufte

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A few months back there was a burst of content being surfaced about New York City’s High Line trail. At the time I promised myself that, when next I might find myself in the City, I would explore this amazing piece of open space.

Last week I had the opportunity to do just that. Along with a coworker, I was attending Edward Tufte’s Presenting Data and Information course. With a 9:00 start to the course’s study hall, the nearby ballroom and a superbly located Holiday Inn Express, we had enough time in the morning to walk the few blocks over to the High Line.

It was well worth it! Part industrial and part urban, part urban forest and part park, this stretch of solitude was breathtaking.

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As you can see in the photos, the blue-sky morning worked in our favor. What you can’t absorb from the photos was the cool, crisp fall air. A few blocks from the Hudson River, there was even a snap of estuary if you looked in the right direction.

There are some striking similarities between the High Line and one of Minneapolis’ own Rails-to-Trails projects, the Midtown Greenway. Although the core difference–one is a trench below street level and one is elevated well above–leads to what I think are major differences in the on-trail experience.

Thank you New York for the wonderful morning!

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