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Dollars are disappearing and staff time is diminishing. How can the public landscape thrive in today’s economic climate? It is challenging to cobble together the funding and management support to plan for, build and maintain any kind of “long and skinny place” – whether it be for greenways, blueways, multi-use pathways, community walking paths or heritage touring routes. One way to meet these challenges is to make more efficient use of available resources and strengthen the quality of the user experience by managing linear corridors on a regional basis as a system of greenways, blueways and regional touring routes. Regionalism is not a new concept, but reenergizing and leveraging regionalism as a necessary framework for vision, support and funding is imperative in today’s political and financial environment.



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