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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.
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 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.)
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: