The economic benefits of New York’s High Line have been made clear. The elevated park that was converted from a disused railway has generated so much tourism and increases in land value that some $2 billion in new economic activity is attributed to the High Line. Now, other cities are following those blue prints to create new value from old infrastructure and Tokyo could be next.
The Tokyo Expressway is a short, 2km expressway that runs through Ginza. In terms of length, it’s about the same as New York’s High Line. And on Monday, local municipality leaders submitted a plan to Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike to build a new Tokyo Expressway underground and convert the current into an elevated pedestrian park filled with greenery. Referencing New York’s High Line, they said “we hope to create a green promenade full of people.”
There was no discussion of a time line as the plan still needs to be approved and added into the budget. It could take several years before these plans come to life.