A Sidewalk Named Desire?
The city recently installed a sidewalk over a well-worn path along Summit Hill Drive.
by scott barker • October 31, 2018
For decades, pedestrians have worn a path through a short stretch of grass on the north side of Summit Hill Drive between Gay Street and the Old City. Muddy in rainy weather and dusty when sunbaked, the path was an anomaly downtown where sidewalks flank almost every street.
Somtimes pedestrians impose their will on professional urban planners.
Recognizing that pedestrians literally vote on walking routes with their feet, the City of Knoxville recently installed a sidewalk on top of the short footpath. Such walkways are called “desire paths” in the planning world, an acknowledgement that pedestrians sometimes know better than planners the best way to get from Point A to Point B.
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