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Student Corner: The Relationship between Infrastructure and Private Investment

July 2, 2015

According to a recent study, infrastructure is one of the most important drivers of real estate investment. This illustrates how the government, and local municipalities in particular, can play a significant role in supporting private real estate development. Supplying public infrastructure can be o … Read more

Student Corner: Streetcars Need More Than Desire: Why Streetcars Are So Popular and What Streetcar Corridors Need to Be Successful

June 5, 2014

Sometimes, what’s old becomes new again. Streetcars were the dominant form of public transportation for several decades in the late 19th-early 20th centuries with dramatic growth all across the United States. Between 1890 and 1907, the number of miles of streetcars in the U.S. grew from 5,783 to 34, … Read more

Student Corner: Rails to Trails as Economic Development Tool

January 9, 2011

  Two CERC community projects involve converting an abandoned railroad right-of-way into a bicycle and pedestrian trail. One might be surprised to learn that there is real economic development potential associated with these trails. Bicycling visitors to the Northern Outer Banks generate $60 million … Read more

Student Corner: Eastern NC Trail is a State Funding Priority

November 16, 2009

Paul Winn is a Masters Student of City and Regional Planning and a graduate student assistant working with Lenoir County. A conceptual plan for the Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST) of Eastern North Carolina was produced in 2004 by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in partnership with G … Read more