Leveraging People and Places: Trails as Economic Development

This webinar will discuss urban trails and what cities are doing to provide economic development opportunities for the properties that lie along former industrial corridors.

Presented by:

  • David Gamble, Lecturer in the Department of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard University
  • Kristin Booker, Principal Booker Design Collaborative
  • Chris Schmiesing, urban designer, City of Piqua

Event Details

June 28, 2018

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (Mountain Time)
12:00 PM to 01:30 PM (Central Time)
01:00 PM to 02:30 PM (Eastern Time)

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$19 for members (Trail Professional level or higher)
$39 for nonmembers

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Webinar Outline

Towns and cities are capitalizing on their trail networks to forge stronger ties to their pasts as well as to stimulate their local economies looking ahead. Trails that intersect downtowns offer unique opportunities for reinvention as former industrial areas are becoming increasingly attractive for redevelopment given their proximity to adjoining neighborhoods and community assets. However, urban trails also pose specific challenges as they relate to history, gentrification and addressing issues of environmental contamination. This session brings together a city planner, landscape architect and architect to talk about trails in the urban context and what cities in the United States are doing to facilitate connectivity and provide economic development opportunities for the properties that lie along former industrial corridors.

Learning objectives:

  • Describe the real estate development dynamics that are associated with recent urban trails at scales large and small.
  • Establish a range of perspectives on how urban trail systems reinterpret and celebrate a city's culture and history.
  • Provide models for integrating public art and placemaking along urban corridors.
  • Underscore the interdependence between planning, design and economic development in downtown settings that have implemented trail networks.


David Gamble, Lecturer in the Department of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard University

David Gamble, AIA AICP, is a Lecturer in the Department of Urban Planning and Design at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design where he teaches courses in urban design, planning and real estate. He is Principal of Gamble Associates, a Cambridge, MA-based design firm focused on urban regeneration. He is a member of the National American Institute of Architects Regional and Urban Design Leadership Group and is a former co-chair of the Boston Society of Architects Urban Design Committee. Together with Patty Heyda, David published “Rebuilding the American City: Design and Strategy for the 21st Century Urban Core” (Routledge Press, 2016). The book identifies recent successes in urban transformation around the country and identifies challenges to redevelopment that are yet to be overcome.

Contact: dgamble@gsd.harvard.edu


Kristin Booker, Principal Booker Design Collaborative

Kristin Booker, Principal Booker Design Collaborative. A professional landscape architect with over 20 years of experience in her profession, Kristin Booker (ASLA) has worked in both the private and public sectors throughout her career with an all-encompassing understanding of the complex process of bringing successful design and planning projects to fruition. She is the owner of Booker Design Collaborative, LLC, a landscape architecture and urban design firm in Louisville, Kentucky that was founded in 2012. Her project management experience includes urban planning, historic preservation, commercial development, public realm improvements, master planning, residential design and community outreach. In her practice, she has focused on the social and environmental implications of her work while striving for enduring beauty in design. Kristin is the current president of the Kentucky Society of Landscape Architects and was featured in Landscape Architect and Specifier News magazine in the November 2016 edition, ‘Women and Landscape Architecture’.

Contact: kbooker@bookerdesign.com


Chris Schmiesing, urban designer, City of Piqua

Chris Schmiesing is an urban designer who holds a degree in civil engineering. He has been employed by the City of Piqua for the past 27 years and his work has included designing and administering the construction of numerous street, trail, park and public space improvements. As City Planner Chris leads the development and implementation of various plans, policies, and strategies that aspire to fulfill the community vision for Piqua. Chris serves on the board or otherwise supports the efforts of various civic minded organizations, including Mainstreet Piqua, the Piqua Arts Council, Bike Piqua, Ohio’s Great Corridor Association, and the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission.

Contact: cschmiesing@piquaoh.org


Webinar Resources

“Rebuilding the American City: Design and Strategy for the 21st Century Urban Core”

(book co-authored by David Gamble)

https://www.amazon.com/Rebuilding-American-City-Strategy- Century/dp/1138798142/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1529883734&sr=8-1&keywords=rebuilding+the+american+city

Gamble Associates – Architecture Urban Design


Booker Design Collaborative


City of Piqua, Ohio – Placemaking Initiative


Small Towns and Rural Multimodal Networks


FHWA Pedestrian and Bicycle Funding Opportunities: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/envir...

NPS Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance

RTCA can help build these types of partnerships with technical assistance support


FHWA Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) (potential funding source)


Rural by Design: Planning for Town and Country (by Randall Arendt)


Closed Captioning

We are offering closed captioning for our webinars, thanks to a partnership with VZP Digital. If you are in need of this service, please email us prior to the webinar. An unedited transcript will be sent to all attendees following the webinar.

Learning Credits and CEUs

American Trails is proud to be a certified provider of the following learning credits and continuing education opportunities:

  • Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES)
  • American Institute of Certified Planners Continuing Maintenance (AICP CM)
  • National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) CEU equivalency petition

Learning credits are included in the registration fee. Free webinars require a $15 fee for learning credits.

Our webinars earn the following credits: AICP (1.5 CM), LA CES (1.5 PDH), and NRPA CEU equivalency petition (0.10).