urban/community planners really really need to take more notice of desire lines.

So many municipal paths are undermined by "short cuts" and alternative paths because the people who designed them.. made them not connect the places where people want to go. In which case, what's the point?

(from the Wikipedia article) How good is this idea? " In Finland, planners are known to visit parks immediately after the first snowfall, when the existing paths are not visible.[6][unreliable source?] The naturally chosen desire paths, marked by footprints, can then be used to guide the routing of new purpose-built paths."

@lightweight 'Desire Lines'
I like that term!
Years ago I saw a new college campus built somewhere and they didn't put in any walkways between the buildings and parking lots etc., but merely waited a semester or two(?) and added them later to reflect actual usage patterns.

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