Literary Trails and Living Alleys

With Mayor Chuck Fewell, City of Greefield

Indiana Local

Literary trails that help honor the late, American writer/poet/author James Whitcomb Riley and a new “living alley” that will allow for more city thoroughfares, nightlife and community play are just a sample of the innovative ways in which the city of Greenfield is welcoming the future.

James Whitcomb Riley was born in Greenfield on October 7, 1849 and died on July 22, 1916 in Indianapolis.  He is buried at Crown Hill Cemetery in Washington Township, IN.

The goal of living alleys is to create safe an active public places for people.  These add vitality to the street and to the entire block; form part of a pedestrian and bicycle network, thus improving safety.  Literary trails are such trail systems that aim to connect a community’s rich literary tradition with the surrounding landscape.

“Connectability is a big item when people come to your city and want to reside in your city.  We’re trying to enhance those amenities, tenfold.” – Mayor Chuck Fewell, City of Greenfield.

This interview was conducted on October 4, 2016 inside the Kennedy Room at French Lick Resort.  Hosted by Taylor Bennett, this interview is also available on XFINITY On Demand.  More information on anything discussed in this interview can be found via the following links:


Hancock County Visitors Bureau

Greenfield Chamber of Commerce | Greenfield, IN

Hancock County Historical Society

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