Closer Look: From the Westside Trail to the Far North, Conversations About the BeltLine’s Impact & Future

(From left to right) Ryan Gravel, BeltLine visionary; Randy Gibbs, resident and past president of Adair Park Today, Inc.; Kyle Lamont, president of the Oakland City Community Organization; Jenne Shepherd, president of the Adair ParkToday Inc.; and Clyde Higgs, BeltLine CEO.
(From left to right) Ryan Gravel, BeltLine visionary; Randy Gibbs, resident and past president of Adair Park Today, Inc.; Kyle Lamont, president of the Oakland City Community Organization; Jenne Shepherd, president of the Adair ParkToday Inc.; and Clyde Higgs, BeltLine CEO.
Credit Grace Walker, Candace Wheeler

Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019 on “Closer Look with Rose Scott:”

  • Today on “Closer Look with Rose Scott” we continue our deep-dive into Atlanta’s transit landscape with the week-long series, “Gridlocked: What’s Moving Atlanta?”
  • Today’s edition of the program takes place at three different locations of the Atlanta BeltLine trail, from the far Northside to the Southwest. We will hear conversations with BeltLine leadership, BeltLine visionary Ryan Gravel and residents, about the future of the BeltLine and its current impact on transit and affordable housing.
  • 0:00: It’s been 20 years since then-Georgia Tech student Ryan Gravel created the vision of the Atlanta BeltLine as part of his graduate thesis. Rose Scott met with Gravel earlier this month on the Eastside Trail, the first finished section of the BeltLine, for a conversation about the BeltLine’s origins, progress, and his hopes for the transit portion of the trail in the future.
  • 16:46: As our series “Gridlocked: What’s Moving Atlanta?” continues, we head to the Adair Park neighborhood, located southwest of downtown Atlanta. One early morning, “Closer Look” met with residents for a walk along the Atlanta BeltLine’s Westside Trail, an adjacent 20-acre site known as Murphy Crossing. As BeltLine Inc. evaluates developers for this site, some community members have expressed concerns about displacement. We hear from Kyle Lamont, president of the Oakland City Community Organization, Jenne Shepherd, president of the Adair ParkToday Inc., and Randy Gibbs, resident and past president of Adair Park Today, Inc.
  • 34:42: We conclude this edition of “Gridlocked? What’s Moving Atlanta?” at the far Northside portion of the BeltLine trail. This section of the trail, located between Ansley Golf Course and Ansley Mall, remains a gravel road currently under construction. That’s where we met Clyde Higgs, president and CEO of BeltLine Inc.

Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler and Grace Walker. Joy Barge is a contributing producer.