BeltLine Update!

Historic Fourth Ward Park

2013 is off to a great start for the Atlanta BeltLine.   Here’s an update on a big news item for the Old Fourth Ward.

Just before the new year, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. acquired property to connect the Eastside Trail with Historic Fourth Ward Park!    Once this link is made, the Eastside Trail will be connected to three major Atlanta parks – Piedmont Park, the Freedom Park Trail and Historic Fourth Ward Park.  The path will run just south of North Avenue and will allow current and future area residents (including those who move in to the Perennial Properties luxury apartment building under construction at North Avenue and Somerset) to access the park without ever getting in a car. Continue reading

The Atlanta BeltLine Eastside 10K is this Saturday, December 1!

Atlanta BeltLine Running SeriesIt hasn’t even been open for two full months yet, but Atlanta is abuzz about the BeltLine Eastside Trail.  I walked it with my family last week and can tell you first hand that it is everything you have heard and then some.

This weekend, Saturday, December 1, is the BeltLine Eastside 10K, the latest in a series of run/walk events created to expose Atlantans to the BeltLine, encourage fitness, and provide an incredible new way to appreciate our great city.  This is the first official run/walk on the new trail since it opened in October. Continue reading

Ponce City Market breathes new life into an Atlanta landmark

Ponce City Market hard hatIf you’ve ever driven down Ponce de Leon Avenue or North Avenue in midtown, you have no doubt passed the behemoth building complex that sits between the two streets at Glen Iris Dr.   The huge structure, which was first constructed by Sears, Roebuck & Company in 1925 as a retail store and distribution center, and later housed City of Atlanta offices as City Hall East, will soon become a bustling retail, business, entertainment and residential complex known as Ponce City Market!

Last week I was fortunate enough to get a sneak peek at the future Ponce City Market when I participated in a hard hat tour of the property.  I left the tour brimming with excitement about what is sure to be a fantastic addition to intown Atlanta. Continue reading

BeltLine Earth Day Clean Up is a Huge Success!

Happy (belated!) Earth Day, everyone!   We hope you were able to take some time out of your weekend to think about the things (big and small) you can do to make your planet a better place.  Perhaps you’ll start recycling.  Or maybe start bringing your own reusable bags to the grocery store.   Maybe you’ll just do a better job of planning your driving for the day to conserve gas (and money!).  Or perhaps you’ll sign up to volunteer at a community project like the one that took place this past weekend… Continue reading

Free BeltLine bus tour illuminates Atlanta’s bright future

The BeltLine project is pretty much the biggest thing happening in Atlanta right now.  In fact, it’s actually the largest urban redevelopment project currently happening in the country.   So, about a month ago, when I saw the Facebook post come through announcing that March tour dates had opened for the FREE Atlanta BeltLine bus tour, I immediately went to the website and reserved two seats.   If I remember correctly, by the following day, the March tours were booked.  (PS – the April dates that opened last week are booked as well.  Like the BeltLine on Facebook to make sure you are alerted when May dates open!  New dates open on the 15th of each month for tours the following month.)

This past Friday morning, a colleague and I boarded the luxury, air conditioned tour bus at 9:30am at the Inman Park Marta station and met our tour guide, Derek Duckworth, a realtor and big time BeltLine enthusiast.   Derek greeted the group and we set off on our drive through 45 Intown neighborhoods along the 22-mile BeltLine Corridor. Continue reading