MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The Mexico City government has abandoned plans to build an elevated shopping and park area over a main boulevard, after voters overwhelmingly rejected the plan in a referendum.
The city government said late Sunday it would respect the vote and not build the Chapultepec Cultural Corridor.
The project had drawn opposition partly because it was to be built by private companies, who would get multi-year leases on the commercial space.
More than 22,000 residents voted almost 2-1 against it.
The city had promoted it as "inspired by the Ramblas in Barcelona, and New York's High Line."
The High Line used abandoned elevated rails to create a 22-block walkway planted with flowers, grasses and trees.
The Mexico project would have been built over the city's busy Chapultepec boulevard.