New York’s High Line and Chicago’s Bloomingdale Trail

The Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail has this vision for the abandoned rail line that runs through several near northwest side neighborhoods:

The Bloomingdale Trail will be a linear park for walking, jogging, biking, strolling, and a greenspace for contemplation, observation, relaxation and recreation. It will be a commuter connector and refuge from daily urban life.

Some have compared the Bloomingdale Trail to New York’s High Line park, and others have scoffed at the comparison.

One major difference is that the Bloomingdale Trail, as currently envisioned, would be a bike commuter path while the High Line doesn’t allow bikes.

Perhaps my perception of Chicago bikers is skewed, but I can’t imagine relaxing in their presence and suspect that many would love to contemplate their quick and painful demise.

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