Gallery: Vine Line: Architect Wants to Blanket West Side Highway in Lea...

Laurence Tamaccio's tale is one that many New Yorkers will be able to relate to. The architect lives near Riverside Park South, which he feels is a generally aesthetically pleasing area except for the unsightly figure of the West Side Highway slicing between the neighborhood and the Hudson River. Tamaccio, whose firm, Design Destinations, specializes in facade renovations and aesthetic revamps, has come up with a novel solution that he feels would turn the eyesore into a source of pride for the whole community. Called the Vine Line, the proposal entails blanketing the side of the highway with leafy vertical ivy gardens and waterfalls to unite it with the adjacent park. Read on to see a video sent in by Shannon Ayala about how others in the community feel about the possibility of creating the Vine Line.

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  1. judyj January 9, 2015 at 11:15 am

    It’s all well and good until the vines hurt the structure and break it down. Inspection of it would be a nightmare. Paint it I steadily with 3d soso it looks like it has vines on it. Seriously bad idea. Sometimes you have to compromise.

  2. John McCawley December 20, 2012 at 10:51 am

    There are many freeway miles through the cities of Southern California that could benefit from trellis landscaping ideas like this. Trickle irrigation and drought-hardy plants–native when possible–are needed here.

  3. Angela Núñez December 12, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    I know it would be more effort, but I think taking that corridor and making it into an underground tunnel will be better; highway noise is not appealing for any park, or green space, no matter how green would look.

  4. Angela Núñez December 12, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Ecosystem study please.