Examining the effects trails and greenways have on the value of surrounding properties and some possible resources people can use to educate communities about them.


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Trails and Greenways: The Basics

Enhancing New Urbanism Through Greenway Design (Public Square, Sep. 17, 2019)

The Value of Greenways: Memphis Shelby Farms Greenline as a Case Study (Journal of Housing Research, Jan. 1, 2019) E

Benefits of Trails and Greenways (Rails to Trails)

What is a Greenway? (County of Berks, Pennsylvania)

Why Trails? (American Trials)

Trails and Greenways: Pros & Cons

Kyle Johnson: Trails, Public Property and Improving Our Community (Star Press, Nov. 1, 2019)

Natural Resources Bolster Henderson County’s Economy (BlueRidgeNow.com, Oct. 13, 2019)

Why Greenway Parks Cause Greater Gentrification (City Lab, Oct. 10, 2019)

Greenways and Blueways are Economic Drivers (The Roanoke Times, Sept. 8, 2019)

Neighbors Have Embraced The 606 Even as Gentrification and Crime Create a Divided Playground (Chicago Tribune, June 21, 2019)

Will Northern Valley Greenway Be a Boon to Business? (Northern Valley Press, May 3, 2019)

City Weighs Environmental Pros and Cons of Natural Greenways (Mountain Express, Jan. 13, 2018)

Trails, Greenways, and Your Property Value

We’re Closer than Ever Before to a True Riverdale Greenway (The Riverdale Press, Nov. 3, 2019)

Duluth’s Recreational Trails are Helping City Remake its Image (Star Tribune, Oct. 29, 2019)

Greenways and Trails Create Amenities for Metro Atlanta Developers (Atlanta Business Chronicle, Oct. 25, 2019)

Trails Make Economic Sense (American Trails, July 19, 2019)

Love Them or Hate Them, Research Offers Financial Case for Big City Bike Lanes (CBC News, June 8, 2019)

Why Bike Lanes Make Your Property Prices Skyrocket (Ice Bike)


Bicycling and Walking in the United States: 2016 Benchmarking Report

The Economic Benefits of Bicycle- and Pedestrian-based Tourism, and the Economic Impacts of Trail Development (American Trails)

Rails to Trails

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