According to Levy’s Contemporary Urban Planning, “sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (Levy 300). As cities push forth agendas that incorporate sustainable development in urban settings, they have started to enact building of green public spaces. The Highline in Manhattan is a great example of a successful green public space in an urban setting and has become a model for other American cities to incorporate green design in their metropolitan areas. Although such sustainable development provides a clean and aesthetically pleasing area that the community can use, it has an unprecedented drawback that has a significant impact on the community. These incorporation of new parks “do wonders for the value of the real estate around them, which these days is not where the working-class people live” (Betsky). As a result, places such as the neighborhoods around the Highline have seen massive gentrification and a number of original residents displaced due to the higher property values and higher cost of living that the Highline has brought into effect. What started out as a nonprofit project directed as a green space that the community can use, quickly transformed into an important marketable feature and selling point for the real estate market.  Exclusiveness has become apparent as the Highline transformed into a sustainable green space that the public can use to a marketable feature. Property around the Highline, compared to other properties command a higher price in value.


Work Cited

Levy, John M. Contemporary Urban Planning. 11th ed., New York, NY, Routledge, 2017.