Excerpt: “As a public space, the Beltline is already performing a variety of functions. The first and most significant is its rapidly developing role as a connective structure between Atlanta’s neighborhoods and public spaces. Because it follows an old railroad route, it cuts a direct path across the city landscape that traditional roads can’t match. “It’s really messing with people’s expectations about how they can get around town,” says Gravel. “I can ride my bike to work faster than I can drive, and that’s a surprise even to me.” >> More.