In recent years, concerns have emerged through location-specific studies about the correlation between trails and gentrification, especially in high-profile urban trail markets with significant housing cost pressures. To better understand the relationship between trail development and housing stability in a wide range of neighborhoods and housing markets, RTC partnered with researchers from the University of Minnesota and the Brookings Institution to study this issue further, and with Johns Hopkins University’s 21st Century Cities Initiative to conduct a thorough review of affordable housing best practices around trails and trail networks.  

This webinar, the first in the Trail Networks and Housing Stability series, explored research and evidence base surrounding the relationship between trails, property values and displacement, as well as best practices to promoting housing stability alongside trail development to create equitable and inclusive communities. 


  • Greg Lindsey, Professor, Ph.D., Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
  • Mac McComas, Senior Program Manager, 21st Century Cities Initiative, Johns Hopkins University
  • Torsha Bhattacharya, Ph.D., Director of Research, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
  • Ryan Chao, President, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (Moderator)
About the Trail Networks and Housing Stability series:

Trails provide substantial benefits for people and communities, but an important issue is whether these benefits impact property values and can contribute to gentrification.  RTC’s original research examines the relationship between trails and property values and guidance from experts on how to maintain housing stability and equitable access to trails. To learn more about RTC’s work on Trail Networks and Housing Stability, visit  

Our ‘Trail Networks and Housing Stability’ webinar series will convene experts from the fields of housing and community development to discuss the impact of trail networks on housing markets and best practices to promote and preserve affordable housing. Throughout the series, the focus will be on understanding the research and the approaches that can be implemented proactively, in partnership and with intention, to promote housing stability and address gentrification concerns. Moderated by Ryan Chao, president of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and previously the executive director of Satellite Housing, where he led the development of affordable housing communities throughout Northern California 

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File size: 4.4 MB

Published on 05/03/22

Author: Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

Collection: Trail Planning

Type: Webinar


Tags: Equity, Economic Impact