By now we’ve probably all heard about the High Line, a park created on an old, elevated railroad line in New York City. Well, NYC wasn’t the first fancy-pants city to turn a train track into a public park. Welcome to Madison, Wisconsin, ya’ll, innovators of the century.
Here the railroad right-of-way got sliced into three ribbons. On the left you can see the long and skinny community garden (woot!); in the middle runs the bike path (woot!); and on the right you can see a graceful swath of native prairie (woot!).
That’s three levels of awesomeness for the price of one.
At the left-most edge, community garden plots go right up to the street curb. There isn’t a lot of traffic here, so it works out alright.
On the other side of the garden, someone has embraced the spirit of the bicycle. A rim for a trellis. Viva la bicicleta!
And I suppose this mural is celebrating… water? Anyway, it’s nice. They built a series of walls around the garden, just to put up murals. I might also add that this is the view from a lovely little coffee shop overlooking the garden-bike path-prairie.
Oh Madison. You totally rock.