Redevelopment Project Called the BeltLine

Dated: March 24 2020

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Redevelopment Project Called the BeltLine

There is lot of buzz surrounding the massive $4.5 billion redevelopment project called The BeltLine. It is a project that aims to covert a once rail system into an outer ring of Atlanta, connecting all 45 neighborhoods together. It plans to convert 22 miles of unused railway tracks into a network of trails, parks, greenways, and public art in such a manner that The BeltLine connects entire Atlanta region.

Despite being in its initial phase, The BeltLine seems to have caught the imagination of the people already. It has also started to have an impact on the real estate market of Atlanta. Even the critics of this massive redevelopment project admit that it is going to act like an engine for the economic growth of the city. But they also raise issues of affordability and the displacement of many people coming in the way of this project. Homes on the BeltLine are not only less in numbers, but they are also expensive for the common people.

Westside Trail has already been opened. It runs through a series of underdeveloped African-American communities. Former Planning Commissioner of Atlanta, Michael Dobbins, feels that The BeltLine could become a role model for the nation if authorities can find a way to reduce wealth inequalities in the city. This is an issue that has remained with The BeltLine since its inception. Houses for sale on Atlanta BeltLine do not seem to have an answer to this issue.

The Atlanta BeltLine was conceived by Ryan Gravel in his thesis as a student in Georgia Tech nearly 20 years ago. However, it is seeing the light of the day because of a vigorous community campaign. But now that it is finally taking roots, there are many who have started to express doubts. They are asking whether this redevelopment project will be able to provide equitable and sustainable development to the people of Atlanta.

Community leaders have been promising affordable housing with The BeltLine ever since its inception. In fact, 5000 affordable homes were promised and now that the project is nearing halfway mark, only 785 affordable homes have been provided to the people.

The BeltLine is not the first redevelopment project to be fasting criticism about affordable housing. High Line in New York and Chicago 606 has been mired in similar controversies in the past.   There are many who say that a large fund should have been set aside at the outset for the creation of affordable housing units.

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