BY WAYNE GAO, PUBLISHED ON MARCH 16TH, 2015
An inspirational campaign to transform a 4 km (2.4miles) elevated road into a distinctive landscape was launched in Taipei, Taiwan in 2014. If it succeeds, Capital Sky Garden/Biking Highway would be Taipei’s version of Highline Park in New York City but on a significantly larger scale with the highway still used for vehicle traffic.
Xin-Sheng Elevated Road was constructed in 1986 as part of a road-building project to feed the city’s ever growing appetite for transportation. The city built a number of highways and elevated roads as a solution to its transportation issues during this period. Xin-Sheng Elevated Road was built along an old irrigation canal called Jue Jun Stream, which had become polluted due to rapid urbanization and lack of investment in a modern sewage system in the 1970s.
Jue Jun irrigation canal was built during Japanese colonization in the 1920s.
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