Overcoming Connectivity Barriers Through Trail Oriented Development

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Learning Outcomes

  • Learn how trail-oriented development can be an effective redevelopment tool.
  • Get tools to implement new strategies and approaches to form supportive partnership models.
  • Explore ways to overcome barriers to improve access for historically marginalized neighborhoods.


Get an on-the-ground look at how to mirror the effect of TOD to transform land use patterns with a "loop" system of trails. The Joe Louis Greenway in Detroit and Sugar Hill Greenway in Georgia show how this approach can be adapted to different contexts and include input from community members. Communities are also integrating trail and transit access. The Joe Louis Greenway will access local bus routes, streetcar, and Amtrak, and the Sugar Hill Greenway will tie into a park-and-ride lot for regional commuter bus service. Explore specific strategies and policy mechanisms to:

  • Link land-use planning with non-motorized transportation and transit
  • Capitalize on the amenity value of the trail to lure development and use remnant corridors
  • Foster desired development density through TOD-like zoning and ordinances
  • Promote public and private investment
  • Form new partnership models with developers, corporations, and foundations

See how this approach can improve access to business districts, transit, and amenities for neighborhoods that have been subject to systemic racism and targeted disinvestment by overcoming connectivity barriers; creating policies and procedures that consider all modes, ages, and abilities; and supporting diverse citizen advocacy groups.