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Port Mann park? A silly idea

The Editor,

Re. "A park runs over it: Rethinking the Port Mann Bridge demolition"

Turning the Port Mann bridge into a park is one of the silliest ideas ever.

While I haven't seen the New York High Line yet, I have read many articles about it and, more importantly, have actually seen and walked several times on Paris' Promenade Plantée, a nearly 5 km linear park built on a former elevated railway track that opened in the early 1990s and was the inspiration for NYC's High Line.

Both parks are located smack in the middle of densely populated areas in their respective cities — near subway and bus lines, cafes, restaurants, stores, etc. — not in the middle of nowhere like the Port Mann Bridge.

The Promenade Plantée, incidentally, ends by the Bois de Vincennes, a park two and a half times the size of Stanley Park that features several small lakes, a horse racing track, a zoo and a genuine medieval castle.

J-L Brussac, Coquitlam

 

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