What started out as a master’s thesis idea has since become one of the largest and most wide-ranging redevelopment programs both in Georgia and the United States. Hatched back in 1999 by architectural planning graduate Ryan Gravel, the BeltLine was designed to transform the way that Atlanteans used transportation and move around the city. Fast forward to the present, and the BeltLine is driving the new urbanism of the city, acting as the catalyst for inclusive and sustainable city life. It’s also changed the way locals think and interact with the city, with more walkable neighborhoods desired along with multi-use public spaces that connect people to green spaces, restaurants, shopping districts and entertainment experiences.
“The BeltLine was a catalyst to revitalize and gentrify an enormous part of Atlanta that had been overlooked,” says Mortgage Loan Officer Patty Murray of Element Funding. “The project took public money, private money and the business community to unite around a dense mixed-use environment. Now, living, working and playing in the city has never been easier or safer. The trail’s connectivity allows locals to utilize transit and trail to do everything all in the same vicinity.”
And indeed, the BeltLine has completely transformed the way the city is connected and the future of its development. With growth in previously slow areas now incentivized, the BeltLine has become a magnet for commercial and residential development in addition to cultural life. It’s brought huge investment to the area with developers now working together to simultaneously shape the face of Atlanta and lower cost of living.
“There’s tremendous potential for developers to create more affordable housing for first-time homebuyers and those wanting to live inside the perimeter without sacrificing quality and high-end design,” adds Chad Donald, a Sales Consultant at Empire Communities. “That’s why the BeltLine is one of the hottest real estate submarkets in Atlanta.”
More importantly, though, is that the people that live around the BeltLine are committed to maintaining its unique character for years to come. Having already transformed numerous industrial areas into vibrant and thriving communities, the completed project will include new transit stations, 1,300 acres of new green space, more parks, 5,600 units of affordable housing and countless miles that connect people across the city.