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

Parks, Trails, and Health Workbook (National Park Service and Center for Disease Control, 2020)

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

Environmental Gentrification in Chicago: Perceptions, Dilemmas and Paths Forward and Paths Forward (Loyola University Chicago Institute of Environmental Sustainability: Faculty Publications and Other Works, Sep. 9, 2020)

The Impact of Trails and Greenways on Property Values (Parks & Recreation, Apr. 23, 2020)

Multi-Use Trails And Greenways As Economic Development Engines (Economic Development Journal, Jan. 1, 2020) E

Impact On Property Values Of Distance To Parks And Openspaces: An Update Of U.S. Studies In The New Millennium (Journal of Leisure Research, 2020)

The Implicit Price of Urban Public Parks and Greenways: A Spatial-Contextual Approach (Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Apr. 2015) E

The Relative Impacts of Trails and Greenbelts on Home Price (Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, May 1, 2009) E

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: Benchmarking Progress (The League of American Bicyclists, 2018)

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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