Greenway Development as a Tool for Abandoned Railway Route Revitalization

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Nowadays greenways are being used for different variety of functions which gives them multi-functionality. They are used by planner as a tool to increase environmental quality of landscapes, heritage conservation and revitalization, green corridor creation and protection of fauna and flora. It is recently being used to revitalize disused railway routes for public use. The research used the old Ethio-Djibouti Route as a case to investigates the potential of greenway as a tool for abandoned Ethio-Djibouti railway route landscape revitalization in the vicinity of Addis Ababa. For the better understanding of the physical and cultural experiences, key informants from the community of design and urban planning professionals were interviewed. In addition to these, representatives from responsible bureau in Addis Ababa city administration working on green development, heritage landscapes and the Ethio-Djibouti railway corporation were interviewed. Discussions were held also with people working and living along the route to get the intimate relationship of the public with the route. Direct observation of the case is held aby the researcher and notes were taken and maps were developed. the findings show that the basic concept of the greenway is understood by the design a and planning professionals, and the Addis Ababa City Beautification and Cemetery development and few local residents. At this stage, the old rial way route is degraded infrastructure stretching from the outskirt to the CBD of the city acting as a back yard to many neighborhoods. On the other hand, it is understood from the findings that the route has very strong possibility of becoming alternative green corridor and public recreation space in the city even if there are physical barriers, limited know how among the professionals, government offices and the local residents as a challenge. The strong public memory, linearity and non-physical social aspect of the route are positive values to revitalize the route with its historic sense while providing public services if programs are selected carefully and designed with involvement of the public. Finally, this research at theoretical level will contribute on how we can approach abandoned historic landscape revitalization and at a practical level, it presents an alternative approach to the application of landscape design in converting abandoned landscape in to useful public space.



Greenway, revitalization, abandoned railway, historic landscape