The Beltline Emerald Necklace: Atlanta's New Public Realm

The Beltline Emerald Necklace: Atlanta's New Public Realm

Atlanta has less parkland than 85 percent of similar American cities with populations of five million, but that could change with the development of the Beltline, a twenty-three-mile, multi-use trail in railroad rights-of-way that will circle the city within two miles of downtown, adding more than 2,000 acres of parks and connecting with a twenty-mile transit loop. The Beltline Emerald Necklace: Atlanta's New Public Realm (executive summary, 2 pages, PDF; full document, 152 pages, PDF), published by the Trust for Public Land, includes a mile-by-mile analysis of the Beltline and makes the case for a continuous, unbroken circuit developed in two phases: first the trail itself and then the more costly transit loop. The report was funded by the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, the Morgens West Foundation, and the Kendeda Fund.