The Atlanta BeltLine – The BeltLine is regenerating a large swathe of Atlanta's urban area, developing an old train line into cycle paths and walkways. Parks are also rising up on old industrial land adjacent to the railroad. The Historic Fourth Ward Park (pictured) opened in 2011.
Prior to its regeneration, the Historic Fourth Ward Park was a 17-acre wasteland. Now it has been turned into a "glittering oasis," according to developers.
The BeltLine is utilizing 35 kilometers of disused railways and turning them into avenues of community space.
Along the trails, visitors will find a variety of public parks. A skakepark has also been constructed. Famed skater Tony Hawk (pictured) contributed $25,000 to the construction fund.
Old train tracks lie in the undergrowth ...
...but with the help of public funds, developers of the BeltLine hope to create a transit system for residents fit for the 21st century.
Ryan Gravel's 1999 graduate thesis was the inspiration for the project. Years of campaigning and planning by the architect and other community leaders led to construction beginning in 2007. Five years on, the BeltLine is transforming the urban landscape and drawing people back to the city center.