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PHOTOS: 9 Incredible Reclaimed Public Spaces

Huffington Post     First Posted: 08/10/10 09:12 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 06:15 PM ET

We here at HuffPost Green are big fans of reclaiming, reusing, and renovating, especially with regards to urban transportation sites. Who can resist a project that converts abandoned transportation spaces into green wooded wonderlands?

Did you see the Champs-Elysees when it was turned into an urban garden for two days in May? Have you been to the Santa Fe Railyard or hiked the Airline State Park Trail in Connecticut? What about the High Line, New York's elevated park? From green parks to greenways, check out our slideshow of nine incredible reclaimed transportation sites. As always, we want to hear from you. What are you favorite renovated green spaces? Tell us in the comments.

Champs-Elysees Green Garden (Paris, FR)
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The Champs-Elysees received a green makeover this past May. Artist Gad Weil along with landscape architect Laurence Medioni converted the beloved boulevard (323,000 square feet) into a green urban haven. "Nature Capitale" was a two-day installation filled with 150,000 plants and 650 trees to protest the situation of France's current agriculture sector. Visitors were able to purchase the plants and trees for their own gardens. Staged by France's farming union, which consists of 55,000 farmers under the age of 35, the installation was designed to show visitors the efforts farming requires. Along with 2 million visitors, President Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni enjoyed the giant garden in front of the Arc de Triomphe. Farm animals such as sheep, pigs, horses and cows also visited the Nature Capitale.
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