The Atlanta Beltline Blog recently posted a “close-up” look of the Beltline project and what they intend to do with the SW portion.
The Atlanta Beltline is a combination of rail, trail, green-space, and housing. It plans to ultimately connect 45 in-town neighborhoods, provide first and last mile connectivity for regional transportation initiatives, like MARTA.
The West End neighborhood is pretty much on the most westerly side of the Beltline. The plans are to create a station with shops and green-space a few hundred feet away from the Kroger shopping plaza. This light-rail transit would then travel north and connect directly to a new MARTA station at Boone Blvd. (near Washington Park)
We can obviously see pros and cons to having the Beltline run through so many of our in-town neighborhoods. Pros being the new transportation to shuttle people back and forth to work, and maybe new jobs. New green sustainable development within the community, and even new business opportunities for entrepreneurs. The cons could be that this is part of a larger plan to gentrify more in-town communities that are predominantly Black, or maybe this rail line will attract and transport more vagrants to our community.
Whatever your personal view is on this, it is mandatory that we have our OWN say and we get out to vote and debate their plans for our OWN community. The upcoming Transportation Referendum vote is on July 31st and will include the Beltline and other transportation projects that we will cover on this site as the date approaches.
For now please take a look at the Atlanta Beltline blog posting and what is intended for our SW community.