Balancing Nature and Commerce in Gateway Communities by Jim Howe

By Jim Howe

"Balancing Nature and trade in Gateway groups" offers classes in tips to defend the nature and integrity of groups and landscapes with no sacrificing neighborhood financial overall healthiness. The authors describe monetary improvement thoughts, land-use making plans techniques, and conservation instruments that groups from everywhere in the state have stumbled on powerful.

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The roads into the Smoky Mountains are lined with bumper-to-bumper traffic and hundreds of billboards. In Gatlinburg, views of the Smokies have been marred by an observation tower, scores of high-rise condominium developments, an aerial tramway, and a 15story hotel, which, while boasting of its “spectacular views,” spoils the view for everyone else. Worse are the impacts that development has on the park’s wildlife—the original attraction for visitors. Every autumn, black bears migrate out of the park in their quest for food to build fat reserves for the long winter.

Travel agents once joked that outdoor types arrived in a pair of worn-out shorts with a $20 bill in the pocket—when they left a week later, neither had been changed. Nowadays, outdoor enthusiasts arrive with $1,000 mountain bikes, canoes, or skis strapped to the roofs of their brand new sport-utility vehicles. During the day they look for challenging bicycling, hiking, rafting, skiing, or rock climbing, but at night they want a good meal, entertainment, and top-notch accommodations. Communities can attract adventure travelers by developing trails and bicycle routes, acquiring public boat launches and parking areas, or preserving the integrity of natural areas.

Greenways also help improve the overall appeal of a community to prospective tourists and residents. Agency Expenditures. The agency responsible for managing a river, trail, or greenway can help support local businesses by purchasing supplies and services. Jobs created by the managing agency can also add to local employment opportunities. Corporate Relocation. Evidence shows that a community’s quality of life is an increasingly important factor in corporate decisions about where to locate. Greenways are often cited as important contributors to quality of life.

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