The Dequindre Cut

In the early days of the city, factories and businesses relied on trains to bring in freight. But heavy train traffic along Dequindre Street caused so many accidents with pedestrians and vehicles that the entire rail line was sunk below grade in 1923. As train traffic declined, the rail line was abandoned around 2000, becoming overgrown with grass and trees. Starting in 2006, the “cut” was converted into a 1.8-mile-long bike path connecting the riverfront and the Eastern Market district.