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David pointed out that UK might have great opportunities to redevelop the abandoned railways as a new green infrastructure and illustrated two case studies: The High Line public park as well as the Thinkbelt.

Admittedly, transfer the out of use railway is a booth sustainable and eco-friendly way to redevelopment an area. In addition, by build on the previous transportation infrastructure, the place attachment could be kept. Furthermore, the collective memory and identity from residents who lived nearby could be preserved (Bonaiuto et al., 2002).

However, the context of each railway should also be take into consideration.  The high line is located In Manhattan, which have the density of 28,154 persons/ (DADS, 2018). While, in England the density is 420 persons/ and the average density in UK is 268 persons/ (Statistic, 2015). It is a dramatic difference between them. That led to the concern that, first, would there be enough user? Second, would that be economic friendly to develop on a railway scheme rather than brownfield?

Overall, the railway-transform led regeneration would be an good opportunity but it still requires carefully concern.



Bonaiuto et al., 2002. Local identity processes and environmental attitudes in land use changes: The case of natural protected areas. Journal of Economic Psychology, 23(5), pp.631–653.

DADS, D. (2018). American FactFinder – Results. [online] Available at: [Accessed 21 May 2018].

Population density in the United Kingdom (UK) as of mid 2015 (people per sq. km), c. (2018). UK population density, by country 2015 | Statistic. [online] Statista. Available at: [Accessed 21 May 2018].


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