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How might the QueensWay look?

Contest allows architects to design a vision of the proposed greenway

Welcome to the discussion.

1 comment:

  • dreamking posted at 4:48 pm on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    dreamking Posts: 3

    The QueensWay is never going to be the High Line for Queens. For pedestrian and cycling traffic, you're not using this ROW to create something that completely doesn't exist. Forest Park is right there for a good chunk of it. Tourists will not have a hunger to get out to this area in any great quantities without mass transit in the first place. So this comes down to something meant to rob everyone in Queens of network value in order to maintain either the status quo or to create a resource only a relatively small number of people will use. If this area of Queens was already served with a 20-minute ride to Midtown, this wouldn't be an issue. But so long as Woodhaven and Ozone Park aren't drowning in fast midtown solutions, there is only one real use for this land.

    Intact ROW is literally priceless in New York City. This is not an exaggeration. Intact ROW in an underserved area really shouldn't be this difficult to imagine being a value multiplier and a big win for everyone. For decades you've all heard people complain about Queens getting the short end of the mass transit stick. Remember this moment, here and now, the next time anyone complains in your presence again about the mass-transit options in southern and eastern queens. Those who talk about any use other than mass-transit for this ROW is not a friend of the city, of the neighborhoods, or of the neighborhoods beyond it that would also be connected more deeply into the mass transit network. The value of a network is in its interconnections and its nodes.

    Southern and eastern Queens needs to wake up to its future. The status quo can't continue. The city is growing, and Queens needs every neighbor and taxpayer it can get. Queens has needed a new mass-transit option since forever. Whether it's an R express, or a light rail track, it's what will do far more for the economy than a narrow cycle path and walkway.