Closer Look: The History and Future of the Atlanta BeltLine

Ryan Gravel, the visionary behind the idea of the BeltLine, and Cathy Woolard, who was Atlanta City Council President in the early days of the planning of, and a strong proponent for, the BeltLine spoke with Rose on this special edition of Closer Look.
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Wednesday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

Today’s special edition of “Closer Look” focuses on the history and future of the Atlanta BeltLine.

  • 0:00: In 1999, a Georgia Tech student presented his idea of using old rail lines as a transit line which would encompass some trails. This was the origin of the BeltLine. We hear more about its inception, history, and the projected future of the Beltline from Ryan Gravel, the visionary behind the idea of the BeltLine, and Cathy Woolard, who was Atlanta City Council President in the early days of the planning of, and a strong proponent for, the BeltLine.
  • 29:59: Nathaniel Smith, founder of the Partnership for Southern Equity, talks about how the BeltLine fits into the overall solution toward affordability, not just in Atlanta but in the entire region. Plus, if Amazon comes into the region, how could that impact living and affordability for low- and middle-income Atlantans?

Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler, Emilia Brock and Trevor Young.