A report by the Trust for Public Land, which will be released Monday, knits together a nascent proposal for a 22-mile transit loop through 46 historic Atlanta neighborhoods with an ambitious blueprint for a 23-mile bike trail, 1,400 acres o
Calling the circular development of transit and green space an "emerald necklace" for the city, the report states: "Indeed, the challenges encountered are overshadowed by the single, grand opportunity."
Along the way, the report identifies four potential new parks and nine significant existing-park expansions, in addition to linking those with 11 other current parks. And that system, the report predicts, will "stimulate a sustained and widespread private market reaction" to build new homes, offices and businesses nearby.
"In short, the Beltline will reorient Atlanta from a city framed by highways to a city framed by a magnificent public realm," the report says.
Advocates said the Beltline has the potential to give Atlanta the unifying identity it has long sought, and one that produces measurable economic benefits.
"Even though we've been growing like crazy, there's been all this [population] influx, but there hasn't really been this vision for the future of Atlanta," said McBrayer, whose PATH foundation has raised $45 million since 1991 to build 90 miles of trails throughout the metro region. "We've been 'cul-de-sacked' to death, and this is going to knit it all back together."
Thanks to Matthew Shaffer
Boston Introduces 'Maximum Parking Ratios' for Large Buildings
Large buildings with uses of all kinds will be subject to Boston's new "Maximum Parking Ratios."
5 Tips for Planning Safe Post-Pandemic Events
As community events start move off-screen and become available to the public again, here are five ways organizers can ensure public health and safety.
Jaywalking, Idaho Stop Bills Vetoed by California's Governor
Faced with the opportunity to redefine the traffic safety regime in one of the nation's most progressive states, Governor Gavin Newsom flinched.
Rowan University's Department of Geography, Planning, & Sustainability
HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research
This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.