The Greenway Planning Database is an web-based application for the management and analysis of greenway and trail planning data. It was designed by Steve Breese for the purposes of promoting the development of greenway trails throughout the Chicago area. This interactive web application organizes and links together the critical elements necessary to develop greenways:
A greenway is a linear corridor, on land or water, with protected status and public access for recreation or transportation. Greenways can be used to preserve open space, provide a natural respite in urban areas, limit soil erosion, and buffer wetlands and wildlife habitat along waterways.1
Technical definition used in Greenway Planning Database analyses: A stream, railroad, utility, or other non-highway linear corridor containing a pedestrian path or multi-use trail.
|Types of Greenways|
|Utility Right of Ways|
Railroad, streams, and utility corridors are ideal for trail development because they already have limited roadway crossings. Where highway barriers do exist, overpasses and underpasses can be built during highway reconstruction for only a marginal cost. Residential and commercial redevelopment take place all the time along these corridors. When this happens, it is critical that our public officials ensure that a narrow strip of land is preserved to allow for the future development of a greenway trail.
For a better understanding of greenways, please read "Greenways, Those long, skinny, green parks" from Illinois Parks & Recreation magazine.
Most data is edited in ArcMap. After making changes, I run scripts that convert the data format from Geodatabase to Shapefile to MySQL. If the user browses the data on the Interactive Map, the data is converted on-the-fly to Google Map Overlays format.
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