Atlanta Magazine > “friendly and clean and nice.”

(press.work.) In “One of Atlanta’s largest remaining forests has been saved. Now what?” Josh Green covers the latest news on the City’s acquisition of Lake Charlotte, a 220-acre forest in southeast Atlanta. It’s the first piece of a much larger puzzle that I’ve been working on with The Nature Conservancy called the South River Forest. See also: Atlanta City Design.

Excerpt > “Gravel calls the Lake Charlotte purchase integral for a much grander concept he’s working on with the Nature Conservancy: the South River Forest, a potential 3,500-acre linkage of existing nearby parks and forests, plus historic sites like the city’s old prison farm. “It’s metro Atlanta’s last chance to have a forest this big—bigger than Stone Mountain [Park]—inside I-285,” says Gravel. …[Shirley] Nichols, the longtime neighbor, says most homeowners are happily retired and less concerned with increasing property values than having a gorgeous, city-maintained amenity down the road—something they never considered possible. “We just want a neighborhood that’s friendly and clean and nice,” she says, “and that draws people that want to come and partake in all the beauty we have over here.” > More

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  1. Ryan,
    Thank you for the wonderful photos and for all you do for our city.  You are truly one of the greatest Atlantans!  Yesterday my wife, grandson and I walked a portion of the BeltLine through the Krog Street area and it was a glorious thing to experience.  I think back to when I moved to Atlanta, over fifty years ago, and am amazed at how it has changed – and you have done more to change the quality of life in our city than anyone else.  The ripple effect of the BeltLine radiates throughout the entire city.  I am humbled to be a witness to this miracle.
    Be well,
    Bill

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