Can Charlotte really convert an industrial railyard into a vibrant park? Yes.
Queen’s Park has the advantage of a blueprint for a path forward. Chicago’s Millennium Park was first a railyard before it was converted to a 24.5 acre park in 2004. What was once an industrial site is now a greenspace featuring gardens, ice skating, concert venues, fountains, and public art.
Millennium Park was funded by a creative public/private partnership. The creation of the park brought a burst of energy and new life into Chicago’s downtown. Real estate values and the property tax base skyrocketed after Chicago opened Millennium Park, as the park attracted everyone from young professionals to retirees to move from the suburbs to the Loop downtown. The impact of Millennium Park on the adjacent real estate market was calculated to equal $1.4 billion.
Edward K. Uhlir, FAIA inGreater Philadelphia Regional Review
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