Atlanta transforms abandoned rail into green space

In one of the best metro-area revitalization programs in the U.S., the Atlanta BeltLine (Georgia) is transforming abandoned railroad tracks into livable green space.

Along what was once a stretch of rusting, trash-strewn railroad tracks cutting through Atlanta, young professionals now enjoy an evening out for tapas and skate boarders zoom past funky art installations and chic new condos.

The Atlanta BeltLine is among the largest and most ambitious of a growing number of urban renewal projects transforming abandoned railroad tracks around the world into livable green space.

Joining the ranks of New York City’s High Line, Paris’ Promenade Plantée, Philadelphia’s Reading Viaduct, and Chicago’s Bloomingdale Trail, the BeltLine is uniting communities with new parks, jobs, housing and transportation options.

Atlanta BeltLine Inc. CEO Paul Morris calls the BeltLine a comprehensive urban redevelopment project.

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