The Eastside phase of the Atlanta BeltLine was the first major section paved and open for business. The New York Times might call it a Glorified Sidewalk, but it’s a really huge deal for Atlanta. What a lot of people miss are the unseen components of the project.
Underneath the Trail, there are new stormwater and utility infrastructure that has dramatically improved living in the Old Fourth Ward. There is a zoning overlay that rewards and encourages high density living with commercial establishments – so there are actually people and things to do and see all along the trail.
In this picture, I’m actually using the trail to go via bike from my job in Midtown to my barber to my home in Grant Park. It will eventually extend all the way to my home via the Southeast Trail Extension.