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10-01-2016 LSU Pregame

Abandoned Chicago railway reborn as commuter corridor

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Abandoned Chicago railway reborn as commuter corridor

CHICAGO (AP) — An abandoned railway line where freight trains once clattered now allows Chicago’s bike commuters, walkers and joggers to traverse a ribbon of concrete undulating through a lush landscape. The nearly three-mile elevated Bloomingdale Trail has changed how residents move through Chicago’s northwest side since it opened in June. Among them is Luke […]

Abandoned Chicago railway reborn as commuter corridor

CHICAGO (AP) — An abandoned railway line where freight trains once clattered now allows Chicago’s bike commuters, walkers and joggers to traverse a ribbon of concrete undulating through a lush landscape.

The nearly three-mile elevated Bloomingdale Trail has changed how residents move through Chicago’s northwest side since it opened in June.

Among them is Luke Young. The 30-year-old web developer now bikes the 10 miles from his home in the Galewood neighborhood to his job downtown instead of taking the train.

The trail also links a string of ground-level parks known collectively as The 606.

It’s an example of how cities are transforming obsolete infrastructure into new urban amenities. Some others include the High Line in New York City and Klyde Warren Park in Dallas, which was built over a freeway.

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By Colin Jeffery

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