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The Atlanta Beltline—20 Years Later

The scope of the Atlanta Beltline's effect on the city has astounded most observers, including the person who came up with the idea first.
December 26, 2019, 9am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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It's been 20 years since Ryan Gravel turned in the master's thesis that would present the idea for the Atlanta Beltline for the first time.

"The project — or more correctly, a series of projects — has astounded even its biggest supporters, bringing more than $5 billion in investment so far. And there is no sign of slowing down," according to an article by Bill Torpy.

The main purpose of the article is for Torpy to check in with Gravel, referred to in the article as "The Beltline Guy," on the 20th anniversary of the thesis that first proposed the idea. For instance, Torpy asks Gravel what people want to know when they discover who he is. Gravel's reply: "They always end up talking about gentrification."

The article details the history of the project (extending back beyond the thesis, by the way) and the movement that built behind the idea

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Published on Monday, December 9, 2019 in Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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