Friday, April 26th, 2013 New trail adds new life to the city

Atlanta’s Beltline – The East Side Trail


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I have never been so excited about a project in my city as The Atlanta Beltline. Eventually it will be a 22 mile loop around the city (on former rail tracks), connecting intown neighborhoods. Right now, two stretches of the trail are complete, with ongoing plantings that wil make it a linear arboretum. Eventually, it is supposed to include transit lines, but I’m not holding my breath. No matter.

Right now on the Eastside Trail, one can walk from Piedmont Park in midtown through Virginia-Highland, Poncey-Highland to Inman Park and The Old Fourth Ward. This 2.25 mile trail is full of fun sites along the way, from art placed along the sides to the trees that are the start of the arboretum to the resident cat. On the portion through Virginia Highland, different species of magnolias dot the side of the path.

Paris on Ponce has opened up its doors to Beltline denizens, with water for dogs and people and use of the facilities. On the weekends I’ve spied the King of Pops hanging around selling refreshing popsicles at a quick rate.

What’s so cool about the Beltline besides being able to sail over and under busy streets like Ponce De Leon and Freedom Parkway, is getting in between and behind buildings you’ve passed a million times, been inside, but never experienced from this perspective, like the Ford Factory Lofts (above) and the old Sears building (below), formerly City Hall East and in the process of being turned into live/work/retail and a farmer’s market. This old sign is a favorite relic of mine, I hope they never get rid of it. And where else can you get a glimpse of The Masquerade from above?

After passing the new skate park that Tony Hawk has graced with his presence, one passes under Freedom Parkway and all of the great shops and restaurants of Inman Park are right there waiting for you. You can pop over to Parish for Sunday brunch …

or Fritti for some yummy pizza…

… check out some of the great new shops down Elizabeth …

And head back to the park …

It will be fun to see the wild grasses and flowers as they grow alongside the trail. This has been some of the best people and dog watching in the city during this beautiful spring weather. Last weekend I saw a dude with a monkey on his shoulder – not something you see every day.

Oh, and if you visit, be sure to say hello to the Eastside Trail’s unofficial mascot, Beltline Piper, the cat who lives in between North Avenue and Ralph McGill in the area shown above. Leave her a letter in her mailbox, bring her some water or food or send her a tweet.

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Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the Editorial Director here on Hatch, you can find me talking design over at Houzz. Make me happy — leave a comment!

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Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the Editorial Director here on Hatch, you can find me talking design over at Houzz. Make me happy — leave a comment!


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  1. Monica Leopard says:

    May 2nd, 2013 at 1:11 am (#)

    Thanks for sharing this pictures “Atlanta” I am really inspired to see this and I hope that you make a better project. Good luck!

  2. Neal says:

    December 4th, 2014 at 8:49 am (#)

    I visited Atlanta for Thanksgiving and made a point to walk the Eastside Trail. Wow! I can’t stop thinking about it and all of the great potential it has opened up for the city. Can’t wait for my next visit!

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