The Next Big Idea: Pierce Skypark
A "big idea" for one of the largest cities in the US is the transformation of a to-be-abandoned elevated expressway that runs through downtown into an urban park in the sky.
However, the concept is more than just green space; it's also a potential financial engine, visitor attraction and a connector of several key districts ringing downtown Houston. Pierce Skypark was first introduced in 2014 and has recently received additional media attention for the plans to conduct an economic feasibility study.
A recent article in the Houston Chronicle noted that a source of inspiration, the High Line in New York City, a former railroad transformed into a green space is projected to generate more than $1 billion in taxes over 20 years.