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Save the railways

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News from New York of a likely victory for conservationists which should lead to an international design competition this winter.

Friends of the High Line (FHL), a voluntary group that has laboured for the past two years to save a long stretch of disused elevated railway running through newly fashionable Chelsea, is confident it will soon win its case. No doubt, after Rudolph Giuliani's opposition, the support of new mayor Michael Bloomberg has come as a relief. The plan is to give the preserved line over to pedestrian use as 'an elevated greenway', like the one near the Bastille in Paris. FHL will seek 'visionary plans for reuse' towards the end of this year. Check out the website at www. thehighline. org

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