Atlantic Cities > “it was something they could fight for instead of against.”

(press.)  Great update by Rebecca Burns in Atlantic Cities. Link: “Can Atlanta Go All In on the BeltLine?”

Excerpt: “I was immediately taken by it; not because I am brilliant but because Ryan’s idea was brilliant,” recalls Woolard. At the time, constituents would call her “constantly” to complain about the abandoned tracks. “When they could see the rail line as something positive, it changed everything,” she says. She and Gravel began their own speaking tour, talking up the BeltLine at every homeowner’s association meeting that would host them. “The neighborhoods really responded to the BeltLine because it was something they could fight for instead of against,” says Gravel.”

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