Curbed > “the thesis was the easy part.”

(  Here’s a Q&A update for Curbed Atlanta in late 2013. Link: “A Chat With The Guy Whose Thesis Birthed the Beltline.”

Excerpt: Curbed: “So how has your life changed since “the thesis” started to become a reality?” Gravel:The thesis was the easy part. Since then, I’ve changed jobs several times to support the project’s integrity and the communities that made it possible. It’s been a pretty crazy ride — a lot of hard work and not always fun, but continuously rewarding. I’ve met some amazing people as we’ve gone full circle from vision, to grassroots advocacy, planning, design and construction. I’ve had the chance to share the idea with people as far away as Rotterdam and Johannesburg. It has also changed my personal life. Today I live with my family in a loft on Krog Street. I can ride my bike to work at Perkins+Will in 15 minutes. We can ride or walk with our kids to the park, restaurants or the grocery store. When Ponce City Market and Krog Street Market open next year, it’s going to be an entirely new way of life.”

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