Savannah's Tide to Town Urban Trail System

Location Savannah Georgia
Organization Georgia Tech

Graduate students at Georgia Tech worked with Healthy Savannah to prepare a rapid HIA on the potential health and social impacts of the proposed Tide to Town trail, a 30-mile walking trail in Savannah. The HIA focused on three themes: residential displacement from flooding; connectivity and physical activity; and the relationship between housing, jobs, and social cohesion. 

The HIA report recommended that trail developers identify and adapt to flooding vulnerabilities throughout the trail area, conduct a formal planning study to identify safe trail access points, shield users from highway noise, and continue to engage community stakeholders in the planning process.

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At A Glance
  • Status:
  • Publication date:
    2020, April
  • Decision-making levels:
  • Sectors:
    Community development, Planning and zoning
  • Additional topic areas:
    Parks and green spaces, Water, Workforce development, Active transportation, Redevelopment, Land-use planning, Food and nutrition, Economic development, Siting, Resilience and sustainability
  • Drivers of health:
    Safe and affordable parks and recreational facilities, Safe, affordable, and healthy housing, Safe and affordable public transit, Access to services/medical care, Access to healthy food, Community safety, Employment, Noise, Income and wealth
  • Affected populations:
    Chronic health conditions, Economically disadvantaged, Mental illness, Racial and ethnic minorities
  • Community types:
  • Research methods:
    GIS mapping, Literature review
  • Funding source:
    Other funding