Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Today is National Trails Day

A turtle crosses the Anacostia River Trail in Bladensburg, Maryland.

Which would be a great day to bring attention to the need to expand "trails" or separated rights of way for walking and biking, and the need for integrated bikeways networks in metropolitan areas.

-- National Trails Day website
-- American Trails website

E.g., "Celebrate National Trails Day June 7 at These Trails and Events" from the Boston Globe.

(I haven't checked the draft DC master transportation plan yet to see how it weighs in on this issue.)

On Thursday there was a press event at the Bladensburg Waterfront Park in Maryland, inaugurating the "grand opening" of the three state (Maryland, DC, and Virginia) Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail and the Anacostia Water Trail.

Maryland especially will have a number of events from June through September commemorating the events in 1814 from War of 1812 events--the sacking of Washington and the defeat of the British in Baltimore.

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