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A breath of fresh air: How three disused industrial areas became beautiful parks

New York City's High Line is one example of how cities around the world are transforming former industrial sites. Image: REUTERS/John Schults

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New York City’s High Line walkway was once a rail line that cut among the skyscrapers.
New York City’s High Line is a former rail line to deliver food across the city. Image: High Line
The High Line park runs for 2.4 km above the streets of New York.
Today, the High Line park runs for 2.4 km above the streets of New York. Image: Reuters/Mike Segar
For 50 years, Hiriya landfill, outside Tel Aviv was the dumping ground for much of the country’s waste.
For 50 years, Tel Aviv's Hiriya landfill was the dumping ground for much of the country’s waste. Image: Reuters/Gil Cohen Magen
Today, Hiriya has become Ariel Sharon Park, housing art exhibitions like this one made of recycled materials.
Today, Hiriya has become Ariel Sharon Park, with art exhibitions like this one made of recycled materials. Image: Reuters/Nir Elias
Seen from above before its transformation, the Westpark Bochum is a tangle of industrial buildings.
Westpark Bochum before its transformation to parkland. Image: Regionalverband Ruhr
Today, visitors to Westpark Bochum, part of the Emscher Landscape Park, can picnic beside former steelworks.
Today, Westpark Bochum is part of the Emscher Landscape Park. Image: Regionalverband Ruhr
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