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TR UST FOR PU BLIC L AN D
                         p r e s e n t s a s e l f- g u i d e d

DRI V I N G TOU R
             OF TH E B E LTLI N E




I M A G I N E                    T H E            P O T E N T I A L
The Trust for Public Land has hosted hundreds of people on guided bus tours
of neighborhoods touched by the BeltLine. It has been an effective way to share
our vision of creating a connected system of parks and trails in the heart of Atlanta.
Requested by popular demand, this guide makes it easy to tour BeltLine
neighborhoods on your own. As you travel, imagine the tremendous potential
to transform and revitalize Atlanta.
No other major city in the US has so much under-utilized industrial land at its
center—almost 3,000 acres. And no other American city has yet combined a
complete system of walking and biking trails, trolleys, and parks connecting
nearly every city neighborhood. WELCOME TO ATLANTA’S FUTURE.
B                                                                         B
                     ATL A NTA
                                    IS A

CITY          OF   N E I G H B O RHO ODS
                                O
              THE TRUST FOR PUBLIC LAND BELIEVES
        EVERYONE SHOULD ENJOY CONVENIENT ACCESS
               TO A NEARBY PARK OR PLAYGROUND


The Trust for Public Land (TPL) tapped renowned park planner Alexander
Garvin to study the opportunities for connecting parks along the BeltLine. His
impressive findings launched a TPL initiative that places the BeltLine among
our top priorities in Georgia and nationally. The Trust for Public Land is
leading the way in land acquisition for BeltLine parks and trails. Timing is
everything as land prices escalate quickly.
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HOW TO USE THIS DRIVING TOUR — CARPOOL. You’re going to see
parts of Atlanta you may have never seen before. We recommend touring with at least
two people; one to read directions and look ahead for street names and one to drive.
Think of the BeltLine map as the face of a clock. Our route takes you clockwise around
the BeltLine loop starting in the city’s northeast quadrant at the one o’clock position.
It’s impossible to follow the exact path of the BeltLine railroad tracks by car.
However, you’ll get a good idea of the landscape the BeltLine will eventually cover.
The BeltLine today is not actually continuous. In reality, it is four distinct railroad
corridors that do not neatly join each other. Bridging the “disconnects” will take
careful planning—a process underway. The entire tour takes about two hours. You
will never be further than 2 .5 miles from downtown Atlanta.
There may be construction detours along the route. We suggest you have an Atlanta
map available in case you are unable to follow these directions exactly.

    BELTLINE SNAPSHOT
    THE BELTLINE IS A $2.8 BILLION REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT SPANNING 25 YEARS.

         POTENTIAL FOR ALMOST 1,300 ACRES OF NEW PARKS AND GREEN SPACE

         33 MILES OF WALKING AND BIKING TRAILS
         22 MILES OF TRANSIT, PERHAPS A TROLLEY LINE
         POTENTIAL FOR 30,000 NEW JOBS IN 20 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CENTERS

         5,600 AFFORDABLE WORKFORCE HOUSING UNITS
         TOUCHES AND CONNECTS 45 HISTORIC ATLANTA NEIGHBORHOODS

         STIMULATES INVESTMENTS IN TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENTS,
         PEDESTRIAN MOBILITY AND STREETSCAPES, PUBLIC ART, COMMUNITY BUILDING,
         HISTORIC PRESERVATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL CLEAN-UP




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    DRI V I N G D I RECT I O N S & M A PS
    POINTS OF INTEREST ARE DESCRIBED IN THE
    PURPLE PAGES AND CORRESPOND TO NUMBERS
    ON THE MAPS. YOU MAY WANT TO PULL OVER
    TO READ THESE SECTIONS AS YOU GO.

    MIDTOWN
    BEGIN AT THE TENNIS COURT PARKING LOT
    AT THE END OF PARK DRIVE IN PIEDMONT
    PARK, OFF MONROE DRIVE
    BELTLINE TRACKS ARE UNDER THE BRIDGE
    RIGHT ON MONROE, GO 1 MI

    PONCEY HIGHLANDS           &                  1
    OLD FOURTH WARD
    LEFT ON NORTH AVENUE

1   CONTINUE EAST ON NORTH AVENUE
    TOWARD DECATUR, GO .7 MI                              2
    BELTLINE CROSSES NORTH AVE OVERHEAD

2   RIGHT ON FREEDOM PARKWAY, GO .2 MI                        3
    RIGHT ON RALPH MCGILL BLVD, GO .3 MI
    LEFT ON ASHLEY AVENUE, GO .1 MI
    LEFT ON WILLOUGHBY WAY TO THE END.
3   TPL PURCHASED THIS PROPERTY FOR A
    FUTURE BELTLINE PARK
    TURN AROUND AND CONTINUE ON
    WILLOUGHBY WAY TO RALPH MCGILL BLVD
    LEFT ON RALPH MCGILL, GO .2 MI
    LEFT ON GLEN IRIS, WHICH BECOMES
    RANDOLPH STREET, GO .45 MI
    LEFT ON IRWIN STREET, GO .2 MI
    CROSS OVER BELTLINE TRACKS
    RIGHT ON KROG STREET, GO .4 MI
    CROSS UNDER THE RAILROAD TRACKS
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    INSIDE A DARK TUNNEL

4   RIGHT ON WYLIE STREET, GO .2 MI
    RIGHT ON TENNELLE STREET, GO .1 MI
    LEFT ON CARROLL WHERE TENNELLE
    DEAD ENDS, GO .2 MI

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1  The old Sears Distribution Warehouse
    at Glen Iris and North Avenue is the
largest building in the southeast with 2.2
million square feet of space. The build-
ing now serves as City Hall East, and will
soon be converted into 1,500 residential
units by a private developer. This and
other similar conversions nearby will add
more than 4,000 residents to the Old
Fourth Ward neighborhood.


                                                                        Old Sears Distribution Warehouse




2   The Trust for Public Land owns several parcels of land between North Avenue
    and Freedom Parkway. TPL will help the City of Atlanta create a 30+ acre park
here that connects Piedmont Park with Freedom Park via the BeltLine.

     Formerly the site of Creative Loafing newspaper, Willoughby Way is one of
3   approximately 15 parcels purchased by The Trust for Public Land for BeltLine parks.
When the City of Atlanta is ready, TPL will sell each property to the city for exactly the
price paid by TPL. Each parcel is chosen for its strategic location to create new parks,
expand existing parks, or enhance the BeltLine trails. TPL has spent $22 million of its
own funds on BeltLine properties as of September 2006.


                                                        4    South of the Hulsey Rail
                                                             Yard are two neighborhoods—
                                                        Cabbagetown and Reynoldstown.
                                                        They once served as mill villages
                                                        for the Fulton Bag and Cotton
                                                        Mill just west of Cabbagetown.
                                                        The Cabbagetown neighborhood
                                                        adjoins Oakland Cemetery, one
                                                        of Atlanta’s most interesting and
                                                        historically important parks.

Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill built in 1881
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    EAST   & SOUTHEAST
    MERGE LEFT ON BOULEVARD AT THE STONE
    WALL OF OAKLAND CEMETERY, GO .1 MI
    IMMEDIATE LEFT ON MEMORIAL DRIVE,
    GO .6 MI
    RIGHT ON BILL KENNEDY WAY (FORMERLY
    GLENWOOD CONNECTOR) BEFORE CROSSING
    I-20, GO .5 MI. THIS STREET IS ON THE
                     -
    BELTLINE RIGHT OF-WAY
    RIGHT ON GLENWOOD AVENUE, GO .5 MI
    BELTLINE CONTINUES ACROSS GLENWOOD
    LEFT ON WALDO STREET, GO .2 MI
    RIGHT ON HANSELL STREET, GO .1 MI

5   LEFT ON BOULEVARD, GO 1.3 MI
                                                              5
    BELTLINE TRACKS CROSS BOULEVARD
6   RIGHT ON ENGLEWOOD AVENUE, GO .6 MI
                                                                  6
    LOOK RIGHT FOR A FABULOUS SKYLINE VIEW
    ENJOYED FROM NEW CONDOS ON THE HILLTOP
    LEFT ON HILL STREET WHERE ENGLEWOOD
    DEAD ENDS, GO .3 MI
    RIGHT ON MILTON AVENUE, GO .7 MI
7   BELTLINE CROSSES MILTON AT HISTORIC
    TUNNEL ON THE LEFT
    LEFT ON HANK AARON DRIVE, GO .2 MI
    RIGHT ON UNIVERSITY AVENUE,
    CROSSING THE RAILROAD TRACKS, GO 1.2 MI
    BELTLINE IS IN THE TRENCH, LEFT OF THE ROAD
                                                                          7
    SOUTHWEST
    LEFT ON METROPOLITAN PARKWAY, GO .2 MI
8   THE BELTLINE IS OVERHEAD
    RIGHT ON DILL AVENUE, GO .3 MI                      11
    RIGHT ON ALLENE AVENUE, GO .6 MI
    AT COEUR D’ALLENE STUDIOS, VEER RIGHT
                                                       10 9
    ACROSS THE TRACKS
    BELTLINE RIGHT OF-WAY IS THE KUDZU
                  -
    PATCH ON THE LEFT AT CATHERINE STREET
                                                      12
    LEFT ON BROOKLINE STREET, GO .1 MI
9   LEFT ON MURPHY AVENUE, GO .2 MI                                   8
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5   A special path along Cherokee Avenue will connect the BeltLine to Grant Park
    and Zoo Atlanta.


6    TPL proposes to create a new 20-
     acre park called Boulevard Crossing
just south of the BeltLine at the intersec-
tion of Boulevard and Englewood
Avenue. TPL has already purchased land
in the area and conveyed it to the city
for this new park.


7  There are numerous historic buildings,
   bridges and structures along the
BeltLine, such as the railroad tunnel just
south of Milton Avenue under
McDonough Street. Wherever possible,
these historic gems will be preserved
and utilized, incorporating them into the
landscape.


8    Capitol View and Capitol View Manor neighborhoods were developed in the 1920s
     by the same developer who built the Morningside neighborhood. He was also a
resident of Capitol View Manor.


9    The Trust for Public Land is promoting new green space where Murphy Avenue
     intersects the BeltLine. TPL calls this vicinity Murphy Crossing. This junction was
the original site of the Georgia Farmers Market before it moved to Forest Park. The
market buildings are still standing on the left and will hopefully be preserved as part
of a mixed-use development.




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10   RIGHT ON SYLVAN ROAD, CROSSING
     RAILROAD TRACKS, GO .1 MI
11   RIGHT ON LEE STREET, GO .1 MI
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     IMMEDIATE LEFT ON DONNELLY AVENUE,
12                           -
     GO .5 MI. BELTLINE RIGHT OF-WAY RUNS
     BEHIND INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS ON THE RIGHT
     RIGHT ON LAWTON STREET, GO .2 MI
     CROSSING THE BELTLINE RIGHT OF-WAY
                                -
     IN KUDZU PATCH UNDER THE BRIDGE
                                                     13
     LEFT ON MATTHEWS STREET, GO .1 MI
     RIGHT ON WHITE STREET, GO .5 MI

13   LEFT ON RALPH DAVID ABERNATHY;
     IMMEDIATELY VEER RIGHT CONTINUING ON
     RALPH DAVID ABERNATHY
     BELTLINE CROSSES HERE IN KUDZU TRENCH


     WEST SIDE
     SHARP RIGHT ON LUCILLE, GO .7 MI
14                 -
     BELTLINE RIGHT OF-WAY IS UNDER THE BRIDGE
     LEFT ON LANGHORN. BEAR RIGHT AT
     DEAD END
     RIGHT ON WESTVIEW DRIVE, GO .2 MI
     RIGHT ON CHICAMAUGA AVENUE, GO .5 MI
     RIGHT ON MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR DRIVE,
     GO .65 MI. BELTLINE CROSSES OVERHEAD
     LEFT ON OLLIE STREET AT WOODEN SIGN
     FOR WASHINGTON PARK, GO .4 MI
     BELTLINE IS ADJACENT TO THE PARK’S
     WESTERN BORDER

15   LEFT AT THE STOP SIGN ON TO CONTINUATION
     OF OLLIE STREET, GO .1 MI
     IMMEDIATE RIGHT ON OLLIE STREET,
     GO .1 MI
     LEFT ON MAYSON TURNER ROAD
     QUICKLY VEER RIGHT BEFORE THE BRIDGE TO
     END OF STREET, GO .1 MI. THIS PORTION OF
     THE BELTLINE ENDS HERE. NEXT PORTION
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     BEGINS AT MARIETTA BLVD NEAR HUFF ROAD

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                                                             Hanson Motor Car Works built in 1919



1O      Murphy Crossing is also the original site of the Hanson Motor Car Works—
        the first automobile manufacturing facility in the south. Though the building
is gone, the site will be preserved as green space.


11     The area where Murphy Avenue intersects the BeltLine poses a significant
       opportunity for economic redevelopment and new green space. Nearby MARTA
stations will provide easy access to the airport and downtown Atlanta.


12    Fort MacPherson—slated for major redevelopment and park land—is less than
     one mile south of Murphy Crossing, and will likely be connected to the BeltLine
via MARTA and new bicycle and pedestrian paths.


                                             13     Westview neighborhood is home
                                                   to some of Atlanta’s best examples
                                             of Arts and Crafts architecture from the
                                             period 1905 to 1925.


                                             14     The old Gordon Street Baptist
                                                    Church—at the intersection of
                                             Lucille Avenue and Ralph David
                                             Abernathy Street—was designed by Lila
                                             Ross Wilburn, the first licensed female
                                             architect in Georgia.

Westview Arts and Crafts houses
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     LEFT ON SIMPSON ROAD, GO .1 MI
     RIGHT ON MAYSON TURNER ROAD
     EXTENSION, GO .2 MI

     RIGHT ON CHAPPELL ROAD, GO .2 MI

16   RIGHT ON NORTH AVENUE THROUGH                  17
     MADDOX PARK, GO .7 MI

     RIGHT ON DONALD LEE HOLLOWELL
     HIGHWAY, GO .45 MI

     LEFT ON JOSEPH E. LOWERY BLVD, GO .6 MI

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     NORTHWEST

     LEFT ON WEST MARIETTA STREET, GO .7 MI

17   RIGHT ON MARIETTA BLVD, GO .1 MI

18   RIGHT ON HUFF ROAD, GO 1 MI
     BELTLINE RAILS ARE COMMERCIALLY ACTIVE
     HERE AND PASS UNDER THE BRIDGE

19   LEFT ON HOWELL MILL ROAD, GO .1 MI                            21
     RIGHT ON BISHOP STREET, GO .2 MI

20   LEFT ON NORTHSIDE DRIVE, GO 1.3 MI

     RIGHT ON COLLIER ROAD, GO .9 MI
     BELTLINE TRACKS CROSS UNDER THE BRIDGE
     JUST BEFORE PIEDMONT HOSPITAL                       18   20        19
21   LEFT ON PEACHTREE ROAD, GO 1 MI
     BELTLINE CROSSES UNDER PEACHTREE
     JUST BEFORE PEACHTREE PARK DRIVE

     RIGHT ON PEACHTREE HILLS AVENUE,
     GO 1.1 MI




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15    The BeltLine travels along the western border of Washington Park. BeltLine
      transit and trails will provide new opportunities for residents of adjoining
neighborhoods to easily access its ball fields, tennis center, and swimming facilities.



16    Maddox Park, created in 1912, is one of Atlanta’s oldest parks. The Trust
      for Public Land proposes expanding Maddox Park and connecting it to land
around the Bellwood Quarry to create a 350+ acre park—the largest in Atlanta.
                                                                                             Historic pavillion in Maddox Park




17    The City of Atlanta now owns the Bellwood Quarry (west of Marietta Boulevard),
     having purchased it in 2006 from Fulton County. Vulcan Materials will continue
to mine gravel there until 2008 while sculpting the quarry in a manner consistent with
                                             its long-term use as a park. If the quarry
                                             is used to store drinking water, it could hold
                                             almost two billion gallons, which is the
                                             amount of water Atlanta uses in a 15 to 20-
                                             day period. Because it is an active quarry
                                             today, there is no public access.

                                                                                 From Washington Park to Huff

                                                                       18         Road—a distance of about one
                                                                                  mile—BeltLine planners must
                                                                       find a way to connect two different railroad
                                                                       corridors. At least five alternatives to bridge
                                                                       this large disconnect are being considered.
Bellwood Quarry will be transformed into Atlanta’s largest park
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19     TPL recommends that the city utilize the land around the Atlanta Waterworks
       on Howell Mill Road as a park. This land was used as a city park prior to 1995.



2O        BeltLine trail “spurs” can connect additional neighborhoods and developments—
          such as Atlantic Station—to the BeltLine.



21     In the northwest quadrant of the city, the CSX rail line is very active
        commercially and will likely never be abandoned for use as part of the
BeltLine. However, the city can acquire right-of-way adjacent to the existing rail line
for public transit. The bicycle and pedestrian trail can depart from the rail line,
instead passing through attractive neighborhoods such as Collier Hills and Peachtree
Hills before linking up with the rail line again near the Ansley Park neighborhood.




                                                                               CSX rail cars




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 NORTHEAST
 RIGHT ON LINDBERGH DRIVE, GO .3 MI
 BELTLINE IS OVERHEAD. THIS IS THE MOST
 NORTHERN POINT OF THE BELTLINE TRACKS
 TO RETURN TO PIEDMONT PARK, RIGHT
 ON PIEDMONT ROAD, GO 1.7 MI
 LEFT ON MONROE DRIVE, GO .8 MI
 RIGHT ON PARK DRIVE




                             BUILDING                A
                  GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE
    LIKE ANY OTHER INFRASTRUCTURE OF A CITY— BELTLINE PARKS CAN
BECOME A “BUILT-IN” RING OF GREEN SPACE AND A FRAMEWORK FOR A CONNECTED
         PARKS SYSTEM SURROUNDED BY VIBRANT NEIGHBORHOODS.

              GREEN CORRIDORS AND TRAILS CAN FEED INTO THAT SYSTEM AND
      HAVE A LIFE OF THEIR OWN, EVENTUALLY CONNECTING EVERY PARK IN THE REGION
                          WHILE IMPROVING HEALTH AND MOBILITY.
We invite you to join us in realizing this dream. Please return this form with your tax-deductible gift.
TPL will put it to good use as we create a grand parks system along the BeltLine that will redefine Atlanta
over the next 100 years.

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                THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING ATLANTA’S GREEN FUTURE

                Please return this form    DOUG BARNES, STATE DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
                in a stamped envelope,     THE TRUST FOR PUBLIC LAND   |   GEORGIA
                with your check to The     600 WEST PEACHTREE STREET, SUITE 1840
                Trust for Public Land      ATLANTA, GA 30308-3618




       WE WE LCOM E YOU
                                          AS A


              PA RT N E R
         TO PROTECT                       PAR KS FOR PEOPLE
The Trust for Public Land is a national nonprofit that conserves land for people to
enjoy as parks, gardens, and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for
generations to come.
TPL relies on support from individuals and companies to fund our work. Your
donations make it possible to buy land and create new Parks for People throughout
metro Atlanta. Only 3.8 percent of Atlanta is preserved as parks, placing us at the
bottom of cities of similar size. The vision of a BeltLine parks system presents an
urgent opportunity right now.



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The Trust for Public Land is a partner of the BeltLine Partnership. Created
by Mayor Shirley Franklin, this diverse group of Atlanta leaders is leveraging
its collective talents to ensure that the BeltLine reaches its fullest potential.
Visit beltlinepartnership.org.
                                                                     Historic trolley in Atlanta




             JAMES LANGFORD, GEORGIA STATE DIRECTOR
                          THE TRUST FOR PUBLIC LAND
                600 WEST PEACHTREE STREET, SUITE 1840
                                   ATLANTA GA 30308
                                         404 . 873. 7306
                                         KAREN.CLARKE@TPL.ORG
                         COMMENTS ON THIS TOUR ARE WELCOME

                                               TPL.ORG/GEORGIA


   THE VISUAL THEME OF THIS GUIDE IS INSPIRED BY THE ARTS AND CRAFTS PERIOD (1905 –1925), A CHARMING
          ERA IN AMERICAN HISTORY WHEN MOST NEIGHBORHOODS ALONG THE BELTLINE WERE BUILT.

                   WRITER: LISA FRANK | DESIGNERS: MEG DREYER AND LAUREL RUMMEL
                PHOTOGRAPHY: RICHARD LAUB’S STUDENTS AT GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY’S
                         HERITAGE PRESERVATION PROGRAM AND RYAN GRAVEL
                     MAPS: TONY GIARRUSSO, GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

                                         DECEMBER 2006

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