Christopher Collins speaks about the process of developing the High Line, and preservation from a public official’s perspective.
Christopher Collins long involvement in civic service, through working with New York City Councilman Robert Dryfoos, as well as his experience as a neighborhood advocate lends him a unique perspective on preservation in New York City. He was very involved in the campaign for the High Line and sheds insight into the decade-long process to build the park. He speaks about the importance for advocates to be politically savvy and how to appeal to city officials to win support for neighborhood causes. At the time of this interview, he was a commissioner on the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals and shares his insight into ways community advocates and preservationists can more easily navigate city bureaucracy.