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New Mission: Sell Rail-with-Trail to the American Public

Today was a big day. I signed off on the latest issue of Rails to Trails magazine and in doing so launched our latest programmatic campaign: to sell the concept … Continue reading

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Healthy Young Hearts: the Beating Pulse of the Rail-Trail Mission

Everyone that works at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is passionate about our mission, which includes the statement “Building Healthier Places for Healthier People.” This, of course, has special relevance to our children. … Continue reading

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Simple Goals, Real Gains for Friendsville Trails Alliance

One of my favorite trail development projects this year has been helping the community of Friendsville, Maryland, in their effort to bring more attention to a rail-trail in their community. … Continue reading

October 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

Good Communications – Another Tool for Building Trails

People often think of the function of Communications in organizations like RTC to be simply in support of its programmatic efforts – Communications serves to promote and publicize the real … Continue reading

September 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Rail-Trail Movement Was Built On Local Champions Who Realized That “Someone” Was Them.

The effort of local residents to make good use of the derelict Reading Viaduct through the heart of downtown Philadelphia “is one such manifestation of the new urban. It is as much … Continue reading

July 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

America’s Next Generation of Trail Cities – Not Where You Think

The great thing about what we’re seeing with rail-trail development at the moment is that it’s ignoring all the preconceived notions of what we think we know about American cities. … Continue reading

July 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

New Mag Drops

Received the final proofs of the latest edition of Rails to Trails magazine today. Although most of my work here at RTC is more marketing and campaigns-based, there is something … Continue reading

July 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Virginia Uses TA Fund to Make the Most of Railroad Riches

Geography and history gave the state of Virginia an abundance of railroad lines, many of which have fallen into disuse as the patterns of industry through the Appalachian Mountain region … Continue reading

July 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Trail Building is Believing in a Future You Can’t Yet See

What was, what is now, and what could one day be. It sounds like a philosophical mantra, or a visualization technique, but really it describes what the rail-trail “business” is … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

From Abandonment to Ambition

A little bit of information can have a powerful effect. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s Early Warning System is the only service in the United States that scans for the proposed abandonment of railroad corridors … Continue reading

June 14, 2013 · Leave a comment
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