How Atlanta’s BeltLine went from train tracks to green space

Kai Ryssdal Apr 12, 2016
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How Atlanta’s BeltLine went from train tracks to green space

Kai Ryssdal Apr 12, 2016
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History fans among you will know that the city of Atlanta was originally called Terminus — named for the many rail lines that came together there. 

Fast forward 160 years or so and parts of those old railroad beds have become something called the Atlanta BeltLine, a proposed 22-mile loop of trails, light-rail redevelopment and green space.

The Atlanta BeltLine is the brainchild of Ryan Gravel who tells the story in his book “Where We Want to Live: Reclaiming Infrastructure for a New Generation of Cities.”

Click the audio player above to hear his interview.

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