Walking in Englewood. Photo by David Schalliol.
The trail of least resistance. The shortest path between two points is a straight line. People’s desire for that easy route is shown in wish paths and desire lines. Sometimes the existence of a “goat trail” is used to define where sidewalks or other routes should be constructed, but other times their creation and use is blocked by fences and shrubs.
Wish path near the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum boardwalk. Photo by Michelle Stenzel.
An impromptu singletrack (path for mountain biking) near the Lakefront Trail in Hyde Park. Photo by Ryan Wilson.
Wish path in Lincoln Park near North Pond Cafe. Photo by Michelle Stenzel.