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The City of Richmond and the Virginia Department of Transportation proposed to rehabilitate the Gambles Mill Trail connecting the University of Richmond (UR) to the intersection of Huguenot and River Road. Planners envision this trail as a sustainable model for the reduction of nutrient and sediment flow and as a vital path in a city-wide network of bike and pedestrian trails. Meanwhile, UR also proposes to rehabilitate the corridor in their new Master Plan. Nevertheless, until now, no substantive studies exist on the trail or the corridor linking the trail to the south side of the James River through the hazardous River-Huguenot Road intersection and the Huguenot Bridge currently under construction. The University of Richmond’s Geography 221 Course, Mapping Sustainability: Cartography and Geographic Information in an Environmental Context, is working with a variety of stakeholders (public, private, and community-based) to map the past, present, and future of the Gambles Mill Corridor and influence local and regional sustainability of transportation, hydrology, and recreation in a floodplain ecosystem. Students produce maps grouped around four scales: local corridor, UR to the River, a city scale sustainable transport network, and a temporal scale tracing previous transportation routes in the area such as the 1930s street car system and the colonial canal system.

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Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers 2011 Annual Conference, Savannah, GA, November 20-22, 2011


Savannah, GA


Geographic Information Sciences | Geography | Human Geography | Physical and Environmental Geography

The Temporal and Spatial Connectivity of the Gambles Mill Corridor, Richmond, VA


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