An Industrial Port Town Gets a Huge New Park

With the success of New York's High Line park, other cities are looking for new opportunities to create green public space. And Wilmington, a port neighborhood at the southern end of Los Angeles, is getting on board.

Wilmington is surrounded by industry—the giant Port of Los Angeles is just blocks away from residential neighborhoods. To help provide a buffer between the two (and give residents some green space), the city is turning a 30-acre, nine-block-wide stretch of land, once slated to hold more shipping containers, into the Harry Bridges Boulevard Buffer. The name may not be as great as "The High Line," but the park will have public art, walking paths, and terraced levels, so visitors can decide whether they want to see the port. It should be open by next summer.