Southside Trail Takes Atlanta's Beltline to the Next Level

Doubters questioned whether Atlanta had the political will to bring the Beltline to the Southside. The city overcame those doubts last week.

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October 17, 2021, 5:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

People on bikes and pedestrians using the Southside Trail at Pittsburgh Yards in Atlanta.

Atlanta Beltline / Southside Trail

"The first segment of the Atlanta Beltline running along the Southside of the city is now open to the public," reports J.D. Capelouto.

The new section of the popular trail, called the Southside Trail, opened on Tuesday, October 12, with a gathering of public officials including Mayor Keisha Bottoms.

Capelouto shares the key stats for the new section of the Beltline: "The mixed-use path runs for 0.8 miles from the existing Westside Trail at the end of University Avenue to Pittsburgh Yards, just west of the I-75/85 overpass."

The remainder of the Southside Trail is open but in an unfinished state as design and planning work continues. In the meantime, the new section of the Southside Trail is a step toward a grand final vision: "City leaders heralded the Southside Trail opening as the first step toward a connected, paved route from the Eastside to the Westside."

More on the significance of the new Southside Trail can be found in the source article.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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