A project alternately described by the New York Times as a “glorified sidewalk” and “a staggeringly ambitious engine of urban revitalization” is showing the sort of life Atlantans have craved for years.
The 1.25-mile extension of the Beltline’s popular Eastside Trail is beginning to visibly, undeniably exist. The batch of photos below, snapped this week from Old Fourth Ward to Reynoldstown, proves it.
A much shorter Phase II will take the Eastside Trail to Memorial Drive, once Beltline leaders can round up the necessary dollars. Then this section of the Beltline will be finished.
The Atlanta Beltline Partnership announced earlier this month the Eastside Trail’s southern extension is on track to open late this summer. Recent foundational construction gives the best indication yet as to exactly where it will be, how large it is, and how it will coincide with streets.
Have a look:
Meanwhile, on the flipside of Atlanta, the Beltline’s three-mile Westside Trail is also scheduled to open this summer.
So this famed, hypothetical loop just might close during our lifetimes after all.
- A Glorified Sidewalk, and the Path to Transform Atlanta [New York Times]
- Beltline’s Westside Trail, Eastside extension to open this summer [Curbed Atlanta]