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

In the third webinar in this series, we will talk with housing advocates, funders and public agencies working in the intersection of housing and community reinvestment on how to implement policies that help create and maintain affordable housing near trails and greenways. 


  1. Natallie Keiser, Senior Associate, Annie E. Casey Foundation, 
  2. Marc Caswell, Program Manager, Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities, California Strategic Growth Council.  
  3. Esther Shin, President, Urban Strategies,  
  4. Ryan Chao, President, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (moderator) 

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Published on 06/08/22

Author: Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

Collection: Trail Planning

Type: Webinar


Tags: Economic Impact, Equity