Urban Green Space: The Monon Trail, The Cultural Trail, & Gentrification:
How can the cities provide dynamic and transformative urban green spaces without contributing to gentrification?
Indianapolis' Cultural Trail, a project subsequential to Indiana's Monon Trail, is a model example of a publicly accessible green space in an urban environment, but comes at a high cost to working-class residents who can no longer afford to live near it.
The Monon trail is a 24 mile urban trail and greenway that runs from Sheridan, Indiana in Hamilton County, to downtown Indianapolis, where it connects to the Cultural Trail, which runs 8 additional miles from Downtown Indianapolis to the South/Southeast side in Garfield Park. Though both trails have become points of pride for Hoosiers, connecting various cultural districts throughout the city, they are most accessible to and used by more affluent and white populations. The expansion of the cultural trail into historically working-class neighborhoods such as Fountain Square has led to exorbitant property value increases and displacement of residents. How can the city provide dynamic and transformative urban green spaces without contributing to gentrification?