by Leslee Kulba
Wild West blogger
These days, in the Smoky Mountains, rocks and highways are partnering, forming synergistic relationships that create jobs, as well as opportunities for virtual tourism. A form of traffic calming, they support Smart Growth policies by discouraging the use of motor vehicles. They also encourage rethinking of streetscapes along gateway corridors. While each synergy is unique, they are all exciting. The cost of restoring habitat is likely to justify unprecedented healthy revenue streaming for local government. If the partnerships turn out to in any way be profitable, you can thank the economic development arm of local government.