The Atlantic Cities published a thoughtful and nuanced look at the Atlanta BeltLine’s progress-to-date and potential for transformative impact on Atlanta’s in-town neighborhoods: “Can Atlanta Go All In on the BeltLine?” Local writer Rebecca Burns calls the transit-oriented development of the Atlanta BeltLine “magical” and notes that some of the excitement stems from the 22-mile loop’s power of connectivity:
Here’s what was striking about that moving mass of Atlantans: it actually reflected the city’s racial and ethnic diversity. When you walk along the Eastside Trail, which I do at least once a week, Atlanta actually looks the way it does when it promotes itself. But instead of being staged by a marketing team or an art director, the mix of people is authentic. And that is a very big deal.