A Fast Co.Exist article on New York’s proposed Empire State Trail featured commentary from Sasaki Principal Gina Ford, ASLA on the transformative power of contemporary infrastructure projects. Unveiled earlier this month by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, the Empire State Trail promises to link 750 miles of the state via multi-use trail for biking, walking, rollerblading, or jogging. Likewise, the recently completed Chicago Riverwalk and the currently developing High Line Canal in Denver, link previously inaccessible swaths of land for lively recreational activities.
In the article, Ford calls the impact of these projects, “extraordinary,” recalling the historical legacy of American infrastructure projects like the Hoover Dam and the interstate highway system. “Projects like the Empire State Trail may be less grand in scope, but in terms of how they’re shaping the way people traverse the land around them, their impact could be equally transformative,” concludes the article.
Read the article in full here.