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The Next Generation of Parks | Atlanta BeltLine

November 5, 2012 by Elizabeth Hixson


Atlanta BeltLine, Georgia, USA

Can we leverage parks and transit corridors to build a better, more connected city? Atlanta’s BeltLine, a multifaceted plan to add transit, parks, trails, affordable housing, art, preservation, and clean polluted sites, does just that. Initially the vision of a graduate student’s doctoral thesis, the BeltLine gained traction with the local community and now is becoming a reality. Master planning and lead design is being completed by Perkins + Will.


The BeltLine will form a 22-mile loop through 45 Atlanta neighborhoods; about six miles have already been completed.

Key Players


Three trail segments and four new or renovated parks are already open; completion of the BeltLine vision will occur in phases over the next two decades.

What makes this the Next Generation of Parks™

With the BeltLine, Atlanta is revitalizing its neighborhoods by connecting them through light rail, parks, and trails. With significant progress on the Central Corridor to Saint Paul, and the planned Southwest and Bottineau lines, could the Twin Cities create a similarly integrated vision?


Images courtesy of the Atlanta BeltLine

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