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THE PROMENADE PLANTÉE:
THE ORIGINAL "HIGH LINE"
by JIM MELVIN

The Promenade Plantée, Paris.
PHOTO: JIM MELVIN

he real treat in Paris was our visit to the Promenade Plantée, now referred
to as the "Paris High Line." Built in 1993, a full 16 years before New York's
High Line, this fabulous 4.7 km linear green space occupies the old Vincennes
railway line and viaduct, raised about 10 m above the street. The viaduct is a
charming piece of architecture, with supporting arches filled with shops and
commercial spaces.
The green sward takes on a very French garden character, planted with roses,
boxwood, broadleaf evergreens, flowering trees and, of course, the traditional path
screenings. The stroll above the city is punctuated with new buildings and urban spaces.
The pathway overlooks an active adult outdoor fitness space and melds wonderfully
with two existing parks, over a footbridge to Jardin de Reuilly and then continuing to
Jardin Charles Péguy.
This is a spectacular linear park and one everyone should put on their to-do list
when in Paris: The world's first elevated park walkway.
JIM MELVIN is a founding Principal of PMA Landscape Architects in Toronto.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2018

Message from the Board
Walking
Integrated Building Design... and More
Feature Project: Guelph Market Square
Index of Advertisers
Locations
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The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2018 - Message from the Board
The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2018 - Walking
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The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2018 - Integrated Building Design... and More
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The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2018 - Feature Project: Guelph Market Square
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