Presented by a city planner, landscape architect and architect, this webinar will discuss urban trails and what cities are doing to provide economic development opportunities for the properties that lie along former industrial corridors.
Towns and cities are capitalizing on their trail networks to forge stronger ties to their pasts as well as to stimulate their local economies looking ahead. Trails that intersect downtowns offer unique opportunities for reinvention as former industrial areas are becoming increasingly attractive for redevelopment given their proximity to adjoining neighborhoods and community assets. However, urban trails also pose specific challenges as they relate to history, gentrification and addressing issues of environmental contamination. This session brings together a city planner, landscape architect and architect to talk about trails in the urban context and what cities in the United States are doing to facilitate connectivity and provide economic development opportunities for the properties that lie along former industrial corridors.
Housing & Community Design
Urban Planning & Design
Health, Safety and Welfare
- Describe the real estate development dynamics that are associated with recent urban trails at scales large and small.
- Establish a range of perspectives on how urban trail systems reinterpret and celebrate a city's culture and history.
- Provide models for integrating public art and placemaking along urban corridors.
- Underscore the interdependence between planning, design and economic development in downtown settings that have implemented trail networks.
David Gamble (Gamble & Associates), Kristin Booker (Booker Design Collaborative), and Chris Schmiesing (City of Piqua, OH)