Sep 28, 2014

BELTLINE TOUR ATLANTA

ATLANTA BELTLINE PROJECT 

from their website:


The Atlanta BeltLine is the most comprehensive transportation and economic development effort ever undertaken in the City of Atlanta and among the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment programs currently underway in the United States. The Atlanta BeltLine is a sustainable redevelopment project that will provide a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit along a historic 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown and connecting many neighborhoods directly to each other.


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Yesterday, instead of going to George and Amal's wedding in Venice, I signed up for the 3 hour Atlanta Beltline Tour.  If you have any interest in the city of Atlanta and its future - 5 to 10 to 15 years out, the tour provides a comprehensive idea of the who, what, when, where, and why of the Beltline. 

Our tour guide, Lucy, a 10 year volunteer of the project, was a wonderful ambassador on the three hour bus tour; we had a group of about 18 people. She was friendly, extremely knowledge about all aspects of the BELTLINE project and she managed the group very well.  

The tour is free, it starts and ends at the INMAN PARK Marta Station. You learn so much about the BELTINE, history, how it got started, the finances, the key players, both in public and private sector, and most important, Lucy did a great job of sharing all the benefits this comprehensive project will provide the city and communities of Atlanta.   

From a real estate perspective, this is also a great tour of the city. The route traverses about 40 communities or neighborhoods, some which I had never heard of before. The tour covers 35 miles and takes 3.5 hours. And yes I mentioned it is free.  

The idea for the Beltline, the 1999 Masters Thesis of Ryan Gravel - he was a student at Georgia Tech.  Lucy said he was inspired with the idea when he lived  in Paris, France, his junior year of college. He took careful notice at how connected Paris was by transit systems, he did not need a car to get around.  Lucy said he is writing a book. Ryan is now an architect at the firm of Perkins & Will.  




Highlights:

  • Use of 22 miles of historic rail corridor in the city of Atlanta
  • 22 miles of pedestrian friendly rail transit
  • 33 miles of multi-use trails
  • 1300 acres of parks
  • 5600 units of affordable housing
  • Public Art 
  • Historic Preservation 


If you are interested in taking the tour, you book online. Tours are Friday and Saturdays.  Click here for link to Beltline Tour Info

My favorite discovery, the Historic 4th Ward Park ~ an urban oasis for sure. This park is built around a water feature, it is very cool. 

Historic 4th Ward Park 


The Bellwood Quarry will be transformed into a 300+ acre park that will be part of the overall Beltline Project. The tour includes a stop at the quarry. 

Bellwood Quarry