Social Capital and Implementation: A Comparative Analysis of Trail Planning Projects


Lori Porreca

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Despite the monumental body of work given to "why communities act," there is still clarification needed regarding the role that social networks have on the planning process, specifically whether projects reach the implementation stage. Recently, many have hailed social capital as a resource that is available to communities to achieve community action projects. This study explored how different forms of community social capital and other variables have influenced the implementation of two trail planning projects in Moab, Utah. Results indicated that bridging social capital in the form of vertical ties between community entities is the undercurrent of the planning process. Other commonly cited barriers to trail planning such as funding and private property rights were negligent concerns in comparison.


Publisher: Utah State University

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