“Many Bulldozers are Drooling:” The Spatial Politics of Rail Trails

Silas Chamberlin

Abstract


This paper considers the rich-but-unknown history of the rails-to-trails movement from the late nineteenth century to present. Despite their many positive attributes, inter-demographic trails are spaces of potential conflict between urban, suburban, and rural residents, trail users, and policymakers, and critics have managed to derail proposed projects throughout the country.