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11/25/11: James Ramsey ’99

For the past couple of years, New Yorkers have been abuzz about the High Line, a linear park built on an abandoned elevated railroad track. Now comes James Ramsey ’99 with the Low Line.

Manhattan architect and former NASA engineer who also designs “luxury chicken residences,” Ramsey is working with tech entrepreneur Dan Barasch to turn an abandoned underground trolley terminal into a park. Officially called Delancey Underground, the proposed park would use “fiber-optic technology to channel in natural light,” the New York Times reports—“enough light, in fact, to allow photosynthesis to occur.”

“It’s a little perverse, a little like science fiction,” Ramsey says of his “remote skylight” technology. “But we realized that we have the technology to grow grass and trees underground.”

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