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Atlanta BeltLine is a leader, but not unique

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.

18. Enjoy the Eastside Trail

If you’ve ever doubted that demand for the Atlanta BeltLine exists, it’ll be dispelled the moment you step onto its Eastside Trail—which opened in fall 2012, and runs 2.25 miles from the Old Fourth Ward to Piedmont Park—and jostle for space with joggers, dog-walkers, and kids wobbling on two-wheelers.

The BeltLine acquires key property

The Atlanta BeltLine punctuated another year of progress by acquiring the missing link between its popular Eastside Trail and its most visible landmark, Historic Fourth Ward Park. On the last day of 2012, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. purchased a 0.76-acre parcel adjacent to the Masquerade from the Trust for Public Land for a cool $1.3 million. (The Trust buys up strategic pieces of land along the BeltLine and holds them until ABI can come up with the funds. Unfortunately, they bought this one in 2005 at the top of the market.)

10 rules for harmonious enjoyment of the Eastside Trail

The Atlanta BeltLine's Eastside Trail, which carves a totally novel (to most of us) 2.25-mile path between Piedmont Park and Inman Park, has drawn heavy foot and bike traffic since well before its October 15 opening. Yes, it's Atlanta's shiny new toy, but don't expect the crowds to thin with time. The surrounding neighborhoods will only become more bustling, especially when Jamestown Properties' Ponce City Market opens in 2014. Instead, read these rules and share the trail with your multimodal neighbors in harmony:

We walked the BeltLine’s Eastside Trail–and it’s pretty damn awesome (albeit not finished)

There are two weeks to go until the October 15 official opening of the Atlanta BeltLine's Eastside Trail—which stretches from Piedmont Park to the Inman Park—but when we walked the two-and-a-quarter mile route this weekend, the trail was hopping.

As the Eastside Trail opening nears, BeltLine security squad still is “more of a concept.”

Though it doesn’t technically open until October 15, and sizable chunks of it are still under construction, the Atlanta Beltline’s Eastside Trail is already populated with business-attired bicyclists, joggers, skaters, and entire convoys of families. Police and Beltline officials stress that people who use the trail now do so at their own risk.

Art on the Atlanta BeltLine gets ready to light the night

Last weekend was packed with institutional Atlanta events such as DragonCon and the Decatur Book Festival, but this weekend marks the third anniversary of a younger civic tradition: Art on the Atlanta BeltLine, a three-month-long exhibition that brings visual and performance art to the BeltLine's twenty-two miles of trails, parks, and rail lines.

Your Perspective

We've heard from the experts—and city hall. What do the rest of us have to say about the city's outlook? Here is the view from 250 Atlanta magazine readers who took our online survey in June 2012.

The Innovation Index

Arthritis Simulation Gloves
Here’s a novel way to make jars and packages easier to open: Let manufacturers see what it’s like to handle products with arthritic hands. These gloves, developed by Georgia Tech Research Institute engineers, stiffen the joints and make it harder to grip, turn, and push down on lids. Some manufacturers are already using the empathy-inducing handwear in product trials, and builders are using them to test doorknobs and cabinet drawers. That should enable companies to prepare for an aging population.

The Atlanta BeltLine

In the center of an old railroad bridge in Reynoldstown, a man pedaled a unicycle, arms outstretched. An odd-looking chap, he had spindly fingers made from motorcycle foot pegs and a red taillight heart that gleamed, E.T.-like, under horseshoe ribs. Visitors to last year’s Art on the Atlanta BeltLine exhibition could bring him creaking and clacking to life with a separate set of foot pedals. Will Eccleston’s Uniman is gone now, dismantled in the artist’s backyard, just as the overgrown grass and rusted tracks will someday be transformed. But for a moment, Uniman was part of an unfolding history.

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