iSWAT Development Day event this Saturday in Southwest Atlanta
On September 20 from 9 a.m. to noon, neighborhoods in Southwest Atlanta will host iSWAT Development Day, a collection of speeches and bus tours through the area that highlight redevelopment initiatives in an effort to attract chefs, restaurateurs, and grocers. Participants will meet at 884 Murphy Avenue.Read more
Whimsy, crowds, marching bands, and a shout out to the Murder Kroger
Despite a late afternoon storm, huge crowds turned out. Cheering spectators watched from parks, parking lots, overpasses, underpasses, balconies, rooftops, and restaurant patios. Even more people seemed to be taking part in the parade itself, many carrying handmade lanterns.Read more
Expect 8 miles of temporary installations, permanent additions, and performances
Hardy souls who attended early Art on the Atlanta BeltLine events clambered over abandoned rail lines and industrial right-of-ways. Back then, the idea of a twenty-two-mile transit loop through town seemed as fanciful as the kinetic sculptures on display.Read more
While the metro area is still tops for sprawl, pockets of walkability are projected to grow.
It often seems that every week brings a new report underscoring metro Atlanta’s woeful sprawl and its host of associated ills. Well, here’s a bit of better news. A report to be released today ranks the growth of walkable areas in the country’s 30 largest areas, and here’s the stunner: Atlanta comes in eighth place.Read more
On the plus side, green space and walkability are inching up, thanks in large part to the Atlanta BeltLine.
Atlanta sometimes is called “the city in the trees,” and certainly as you fly into Hartsfield-Jackson this time of year, a green canopy appears to cover the city. But deplane and explore at ground level and you’ll soon realize things aren’t quite so verdant. For the third year in a row we have earned a low score on a national assessment of city parks. But—in large part due to the Atlanta BeltLine—Atlanta’s gaining green space and serving more residents.Read more
The organization will mark a milestone this week.
Trees Atlanta was founded in 1985 by Central Atlanta Progress, the Atlanta Parks Commission, and the Junior League of Atlanta. The organization was formed in response to massive tree loss cause by urban development. On March 27, the organization will plant its 100,000th tree.Read more
The holiday season brings tours galore. Also dogs on parade and a beloved ballet.
Apparently ’tis the season of organized strolls—and runs. December’s arrival brings hot cocoa, festive light displays, and organized walks through other people’s homes. And given the crazy weather of the past week, it’s good to know that not all these events are outdoors.Read more
Atlanta Pride, Tosca, Oktoberfest in Stone Mountain, Art on the Atlanta BeltLine, and more
Well, the huge event of the weekend is Atlanta Pride, the celebration that started in the 1970s and just keeps getting bigger and better. The 2013 massive list of events includes parties, performances, an artists market, a Eucharist service, Lady Gaga-inspired yoga, workshops, films, a car and motorcycle show, and, of course, one hell of a parade. Piedmont Park and environs. atlantapride.orgRead more
More than 10,000 people showed up for the Art on the Atlanta BeltLine kickoff event
“It’s stuff like this that reminds me why I love Atlanta,” remarked a friend. “Where else do you have a parade where everyone can just join in?” Indeed, Saturday night’s Lantern Parade—the kickoff to Art on the Atlanta BeltLine 2013—embodied the best of intown Atlanta’s charming eccentricity and warm hospitality.Read more
Urban designer Ryan Gravel tells national conference that the Atlanta project is one of many around the country
How do you say “beltline” in French? If you’re from Paris, it’s La Petite Ceinture–literally, “little belt”–and you know it as the 22-mile-long crescent of abandoned railway that runs through the outskirts of the city. You likely also are aware that a long-term project is under way to convert the old rail corridor into a greenway with a transit component.Read more