National Geographic : 1990 Jun
"America today is fast food, fast everything," worries Chuck Flink,part of a volunteer design team gathered to revive the FrenchBroad River in Asheville, North Carolina. The Raleigh landscape architect specializes in greenways, believing they "let us slow down and greet our neighbors, and give us a chance to be more human." Elroy-Sparta State -Park Trail A journey through history, the 120-mile Illinois and Michigan Canal National - Heritage Corridor links downtown Chicago, Indian sites,prairiepreserves, and factory towns from the canal's 19th-century heyday. Fromthe Adirondacks to the Dakotaprairie,the North Country National Scenic Trail proceeds towardits goalof 3,200 miles - the longest trailin the U. S. River Trailway Greenway Path Philadelphia Sixty miles of trailsparallel New Jersey's Delaware and Raritan Canal, closed to commerce in 1933 and made a state park in 1974. NGSCARTOGRAPHIC DIVISION DESIGN:SALLYS. SUMMERALL RESEARCH: LISAR. RITTER PRODUCTION: JONATHAN E. KAUT,VICKI McANALLEN-PRATT, DAVIDB. MILLER GREENWAY LOCATIONS WEREPROVIDED BYTHERAILS-TO-TRAILS CONSERVANCY ANDBYCHARLESE. LITTLE,WHOSE BOOK,GREENWAYSFORAMERICA,IS BEINGPUBLISHEDBYJOHNSHOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS. greatest need cited was for rec reational facilities close to home. Urbanization has reduced open land and often made it too expensive to set aside for parks. But corridors such as rivers and streams and old canals and Greenways: Paths to the Future railbeds lend themselves to renewal as greenways. The commission championed the greenway solution and advised community-level planning. But even before the commit tee's report, greenways had been a citizen-led movement. In a recent development the American Gas Foundation is considering running greenways over pipeline rights-of-way bringing a national greenway network closer to reality. High Point aims for 270 miles of trails on 4,800 acres.