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Along the Beltline’s Eastside Trail, before-and-after images show neighborhoods transformed

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While progress on the trail is sometimes agonizingly slow, the pace of nearby development has been anything but.

At Ralph McGill Boulevard and Glen Iris Drive, development has created an entirely different landscape in recent years.
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It may be hard to believe, but it’s been more than five years now since the first portion of the Beltline’s Eastside Trail opened to the public.

Since 2012, as the trail has morphed from a local hangout to global tourist attraction, neighborhoods along the three-mile path—which has now been extended—have flourished (some would say oppressively so).

While it can often seem that progress on the trail moves at a snail’s pace, views of neighborhood transformations over the past decade highlight what the Beltline can mean for Atlanta.

Decry it all as gentrification at its finest, but these underused, mostly unsightly lots weren’t really doing anyone any favors—except maybe their owners, as property values climbed alongside the Beltline’s popularity.

As with Midtown last month, these before-and-after captures from along the Eastside Trail show a city in flux. Again, while a lot more has changed in the intervening months since Google updated Streetview, the images offer clear pictures of just how radically construction is reshaping entire blocks.

Featured sites move from north to south, and note that different “before” dates have been selected to capture the pre-Beltline context.

The corner of North Avenue and Somerset Terrace, located just east of the Beltline and Ponce City Market, was transformed by the development of 755 North. Now, work is going on across the street on 725 Ponce and down the hill at the former Masquerade (R.I.P.)
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Speaking of ... Once an industrial zone just south of Ponce City Market (then City Hall East), Angier Avenue now hugs Historic Fourth Ward Park. Construction to the right marks the development of apartments on the former Masquerade site.
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Looking east down Ralph McGill Boulevard at Glen Iris Drive, this scene has changed dramatically in just a couple of years. Where the 1929-built Ironized Yeast Company once stood, the Glen Iris townhomes now fill the property. And across the way, Aster apartments now stand.
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A block away from the Beltline in Inman Park, Inman Quarter rose from a series of parking lots and industrial buildings along Highland Avenue.
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Krog Street Market’s property, as seen in 2007 and earlier this year.
While the Eastside Trail ended at Irwin Street for several years, that didn’t mean development along the future corridor stopped. Alexan on Krog opened in phases, reaching Edgewood Avenue in 2015. Its current tagline: “Live Where the Beltline Meets Badass Restaurants ...”
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