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Kevin Posey, BeltLine, bikes

Saving the Atlanta BeltLine: A shift from transit to micromobility

By Guest Columnist KEVIN H. POSEY, who writes about transportation and has served on related boards in the Washington region. He moved to Atlanta in 2017.

Atlanta’s BeltLine is perhaps the city’s best-known landmark. As with New York’s High Line, travel writers point it out as a key stop for those visiting Atlanta. However, that popularity poses a threat to its viability as a usable transportation corridor.

Blank Foundation gives BeltLine largest gift ever for Bellwood Quarry park

The Atlanta BeltLine and the proposed Westside Park at the Bellwood Quarry received major boosts Tuesday morning with the announcement that the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation has awarded a $17.5 million grant for the project.

The Blank grant will accelerate the development of parks and trails along the 22-mile circular corridor – especially on the Westside.

Architect Alex Garvin reflects on Atlanta and the BeltLine

It’s hard to pigeon-hole Alex Garvin. Yes, he’s an architect. But he’s also a professor, an author, a public servant, an urbanist, a visionary and someone who has had a major impact on Atlanta.

Garvin was in Atlanta last week to give a talk Aug. 15 at a luncheon organized by Central Atlanta Progress and the Urban Land Institute –Atlanta

"New Atlanta"

What’s been brewing online and in real life for black Atlanta has finally gone mainstream – Old Atlanta versus New Atlanta.

This debate reached critical mass and mainstream media attention recently thanks to Atlanta influencer Isaac Hayes III.

Nipsey Hussle, new developers Ryan Gravel, Donray Von and transforming The Mall West End

By King Williams “When we speak of place-making, we assume that the place being made was devoid of life, culture and context. Place-making indicates that nothing exists. It is inherently colonialist. Place-keeping uplifts an area’s culture, provides resources and enriches.” – Miranda Kyle, Atlanta Beltline Arts and Culture Program Manager On the afternoon of Sunday, […]

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The future of Metro Atlanta transit is pending on Gwinnett County

By King Williams Gwinnett County, the soon-to-be-largest county in Georgia by population, is the state’s most diverse county – representing a microcosm of what the future of American politics and economic development could look like. Gwinnett currently is a majority-minority county, meaning that no racial or ethnic group dominates its population. Gwinnett’s county-level leadership on […]

Hawks, SWAG, killer mike

Re-imagination of State Farm Arena inspired by Atlanta BeltLine

By Guest Columnist THAD SHEELY, chief operating officer of the Atlanta Hawks and State Farm Arena

Just over a week ago, Elton John played his farewell tour in the new State Farm Arena, creating a neat symmetry to a weekend nearly 20 years earlier when he performed for the grand opening of Philips Arena in 1999. As both Elton and Atlanta have changed over that time, so too has the arena – that was a different time and a different place.

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Brian McGowan

Atlanta BeltLine at critical spot, seeks leader, debates transit

As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on July 13, 2018

Atlanta BeltLine Inc. stands at a critical juncture — at a time when its leadership is in a state of flux.

Brian McGowan, president and CEO of the city agency since September, has accepted a position to become CEO of the Greater Seattle Partnership and will be stepping down from the BeltLine in mid-August.