AUGUST 29, 2012 – ABANDONED RAILWAY LINE TURNS ATLANTA GREENER

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t3Architect Ryan gravel makes the Atlanta Belt Line revitalizing a 35-kilometer loop of abandoned railway line, transforming the land and adjacent brownfield sites into attractive new public spaces.

Gravel has lived in Atlanta, Georgia for more than 20 years, watching the city grow as it strives to compete among the world’s finest. With a growth in suburban sprawl in recent decades, Atlanta has acquired a reputation for unbearable traffic and poor public transportation.

But a project originally inspired by Gravel’s 1999 graduate thesis is helping to change that perception, tapping into Atlanta’s potential and steering it onto a more sustainable path for the 21st century, connecting Atlanta to a greener future.

With walking trails, cycle paths and parks dotted along the route, the project is helping connect 45 city neighborhoods.