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(The Atlantic Cities)   Rails-to-trails projects are source of civic pride, place to exercise safely within the city, and candy store for sue-happy NIMBYs who get free federal money as compensation for land they never owned   ( divider line
    More: Strange, NIMBY, just compensation, Downtown Seattle, Federal Circuit  
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5126 clicks; posted to Main » on 08 Nov 2013 at 10:26 AM (3 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-11-08 10:40:10 AM  
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ZAZ: Many old easements in Massachusetts date back to a simpler time when train tracks were for running trains. When the trains stopped running the easement terminated by its own terms. 19th century lawyers and businessmen failed to anticipate critical parts of modern society, among them the STB, the domination of lawyers, and the involvement of the federal government in your daily walk.

I went for a walk yesterday, and the Federal Government jumped out of the bushes and beat me up. The worst part is you can't sue the Federal Government so I have no recourse. :(
2013-11-08 10:12:41 AM  
3 votes:
What about the hobos? Where will they camp now?
2013-11-09 12:44:58 AM  
1 vote:
Here's my Rails-to-Trails.
It has nice views, eagles, girls in tights, newts, vagrants, butterflies, dog walkers, miles of paved path with no cars, kids on bikes, parks, mountains and lots of other stuff.
Awesome trail, the end is Boring.
2013-11-08 02:11:56 PM  
1 vote:

fireclown: Meatschool: And where was the photo you posted upthread taken?

I'm not sure, it isn't mine.  But my GIS was for Harpers Ferry, and it kind of looks like the trail surface near Whites Ferry.

I think San Mar does a few rides a year.  They are also super cool about letting the Cumberland Valley Cycle Club use their parking lot for the annual century haven't ridden my bike yet this year, but at least my orthopedic surgeon will be able to retire early ride every year.


Here in Ohio, we have TOSRV. I used to work in a shop, and the week before TOSRV, we would get a glut of bikes that had dust on them from the year before, and wide eyed people excited about the ride this year. Always felt like repacking their hubs with sand to kill their ride a mile in just so they didn't hurt themselves and tie up the SAG wagons.
2013-11-08 11:56:43 AM  
1 vote:
I love cycling on rails to trails corridors, but it sucks when the natural scenery is interrupted by a bunch of identical backyards in some McSubdivision.
2013-11-08 10:43:41 AM  
1 vote:

Also, Rail Trails are awesome.  And they keep my bike off of the roads, so I expect some love for them here on FARK.
2013-11-08 10:41:53 AM  
1 vote:

Krieghund: That headline is incorrect. The people suing own the property the railroad or trail is on.

The railroad was built on an easement, which means they own the land but the railroad gets to build the railroad through it. Part of the description of the easement includes what uses the railroad can have on the land. That description did not include pedestrian or biking trails, so the people that own the land get more money for a new easement that includes those uses.

Yeah but we can't get outraged about that.
2013-11-08 09:16:25 AM  
1 vote:
If I had a rail-line going through my property, I would love it to be converted to a trail.

I would love it even more if I made money off it.
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