Atlanta’s been abuzz with Beltline chatter since it was first proposed by a Georgia Tech grad student back in 1999. We all know it’s coming… and some of us know something about it… but most of the time, conversations about the Beltline are dotted with rumors, innuendo and lots (and lots, and lots) of hope. Just to sum up, this is what the Beltline is:
One of the most comprehensive economic development efforts ever undertaken in the City of Atlanta and the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment currently underway in the U.S., the BeltLine will combine greenspace, trails, transit, and new development along 22 miles of historic rail segments that encircle the urban core.
Over the past 20 years, metro Atlanta’s growth has occurred in widely spread and disconnected pockets of development which have strained the region’s quality of life and economic growth. By attracting and organizing some of the region’s future growth around parks, transit, and trails, the BeltLine will help change the pattern of regional sprawl in the coming decades and lead to a vibrant and livable Atlanta with an enhanced quality of life.
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