The conflicting nature and tradeoffs of planning: The case of the flooded trail

Little Miss Urbanite

Walking the streets–or Northampton’s case, its trails–is when a person learns about the environment. We took a pre-lunch walk with Joe along the Smith College Trail, which runs right beside the Mill River.

We were also left with a few lessons on the reality of what planning work entails because of an eroded part of the trail. This is a micro-level example of something that planners have to deal with, but it’s a fascinating case for me all the same, because of the public-private interplay on land. It was also a good case for my buddy Fai, who is an environmental engineer working on phytoremediation. Let’s take a closer look.

About the trail

Screen Shot 2018-05-15 at 10.46.28 PM.png The red line shows the entirety of the Smith College trail. (Take note of the terrain elevations.)

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