The Atlanta BeltLine in The Atlantic Cities

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.

Eastside Trail
Pedestrians and bicyclists use the Eastside Trail for recreation, commuting, exercise, and even grocery shopping. Photo: Ryan Gravel
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The Westside Trail in southwest Atlanta, connecting the Washington Park neighborhood all the way to the Adair Park neighborhood, will be the next portion of trail completed. Photo: Christopher T. Martin
Historic Fourth Ward Park has turned a former brownfield into a major amenity, spurring development in the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood. Photo: Christopher T. Martin
Historic Fourth Ward Park has turned a former brownfield into a major amenity, spurring development in the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood. Photo: Christopher T. Martin

Read the full article here, and stay up to date on the Atlanta BeltLine’s progress at beltline.org.

 

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