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Sound-activated light installations. Arched, beveled ceilings. A BeltLine-facing patio. Ryan Gravel wants to get Atlantans talking, and these elements of his futuristic restaurant and bar are just the start. Designed to drive ideas and conversation, Aftercar will open in the basement of the Telephone Factory lofts in late 2019.
With tax dollars rolling in, city and MARTA officials are having to prioritize their transit wish list. And to the dismay of the BeltLine’s creator, Ryan Gravel, it’s looking like light rail along the loop may be sacrificed on the altar of expediency and cost. We broke down what's happening right now with transit along the BeltLine.
On Thursday, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms will announce that the city and Atlanta BeltLine Inc. have struck a $25.8 million deal with CSX to purchase the 4.5-mile segment that will become the BeltLine Southside Trail. The unused railroad corridor stretches past Grant Park and Chosewood Park and, once the construction of a bike path is complete, will connect the Westside and Eastside Trails.
Need a little holiday shopping inspiration? We asked 9 stylish Atlantans for the one item they’re hoping to get this season, from fancy crystal-infused water bottles to pup portraits.
"Donald Duck," "Darth Vader," "Eat my shorts," "Migos," "LOL," "Someone who isn't a sell-out, please," and "Harambe." Atlantans like to get creative when they don't like their voting options.
Community Farmers Markets—a nonprofit network that likely includes at least one of your favorite Atlanta farmers markets—is hosting its inaugural Red Clay Soirée fundraising gala on Friday, November 10. The event will feature chefs from Kimball House, 8 Arm, the General Muir, Rising Sun, El Super Pan, and other favorite Atlanta restaurants.
“Atlanta has an opportunity over the next 25 years to completely shift [its] way of developing,” says Tim Keane. “But we will not be successful if we don’t have a design.”
When I was a kid, the full force of sprawl was not yet in effect. The roadways were not at capacity because the region was always building more of them.
What’s now a destination was, until very recently, trash and kudzu. And it’s not hyperbole to say it would be still if Ryan Gravel hadn’t decided in 1999 to write his Georgia Tech master’s thesis on how four different rail lines encircling the city could be strung together.
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