• August 11, 2016  

    In the mid-20th century, it was a railroad; now it’s a public park. Built in the 1930s, 30 feet above the streets of Manhattan, the High Line was crucial for transporting cargo. But with the decline of rail transportation, it closed in 1980 and was abandoned. Almost three decades later, it opened again — this time, as a shared space for greenery, art and leisure. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading

  • June 18, 2009  

    In the Midwest, Chicago has been a freight rail hub for 150 years. But now, traffic on Chicago’s rails is even slower than traffic on its roads. As part of the Blueprint America series of reports on infrastructure, Rick Karr examines the U.S. freight train choke point. Continue reading