This is the first article I have seen of Ouroussoff since he replaced Muschamp as The Times's architecture critic. It is an intelligent critique of the winning design, with a concise history of the High Line project, insight into its politics, and words of caution as the project advances. A snippet:
The idea is to create a virtually seamless flow between past and future realities, a blend of urban grit and cosmopolitan sophistication. But it is also to slow the process of change, to focus the eye on the colliding forces - both natural and man-made - that give cities their particular beauty. That vision has a more subversive, social dimension: to offer a more measured alternative to the often brutal pace of gentrification.