Abandoned and unused spaces in central urban areas exist in all major cities. Maintaining and redefining existing structures is a way to preserve cultural heritage as well as save resources. Some of the many examples are: New York Highline, Promenade Plantée Paris, IM Viadukt Zürich, Nordbahntrasse Wuppertal...
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There are more than 20km of unused railway infrastructure in Sofia, including former train stations and supply buildings.
Green line Sofia
s a project for the adaptation of the obsolete railroads in Sofia as a new infrastructure for urban revitalization.
The goal is to unite our city and revive abandoned spaces and neglected neighborhoods by creating a common ground for the citizens - a public space, which can be used for both - an alternative transportation, leisure, recreation and tourism as well as a stage for public cultural, sport and educational events.
How can we do it?
The idea is to connect all the former railway infrastructure with the existing/future bicycle lanes and to transform them into a 32km loop of pedestrian and bicycle zone, isolated from traffic and linking both central and peripheral neighbourhoods, all main parks in the city and many sports facilities.
This will create a multifunctional, communicative space - attracting new development for businesses, sport and culture, stimulating public urban initiative and creating a desirable environment for future investments.
"Green Line Sofia" is an independent project - an idea for the adaptation of an obsolete loop of old railroad circling downtown Sofia as a new infrastructure for urban revitalisation.
The idea is to transform the railway into a 32 km loop of bicycle and pedestrian area, using both existing as well as future bicycle lanes and 20 km of an abandoned train-track. The new line will be completely disconnected from the car-traffic, linking all the main city parks, densely populated neighborhoods and many sports, cultural and educational facilities.
This will create a multifunctional, communicative space - attracting new development for businesses, sports and culture, stimulating public urban initiative and creating a desirable environment for future investments.
The goal is to unite the city and revive abandoned spaces and neglected neighbourhoods by creating a common ground for the citizens - a public space, which can be used for both an alternative transportation, leisure, recreation and tourism as well as a stage for public, cultural, sport and educational events.
The project will achieve:
Improving living conditions, including cleaner air, rivers and soil.
Connect all major parks in the city.
Connecting the neighborhoods of Sofia.
Connecting major sports facilities.
Create a new route for alternative transportation and relieve street traffic.
Creating new public spaces for diverse cultural and other outdoor activities.
Improvement of neglected urban areas.
Reconsideration of the industrial zones of Sofia.
Small and medium business development.
Creating new public spaces in the city.
Stimulating various sports activities.
Development of the value system of future generations.
Creating new employment opportunities.
Development of tourism and turning the capital into an interesting destination.
"Green Line Sofia" will fit in the business card of the city, will improve the image of Sofia as a European capital and will help it become a better place to live.