Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail
Atlanta BeltLine Inc.
Size: 2.2 miles / 3 km
2013, Merit Award, AIA-Georgia
2014, Tri-State ASLA
It’s transforming not only the physical city, it’s changing the way people think about living in Atlanta.
The Eastside Trail is the first finished segment of the Atlanta BeltLine, the nation’s most celebrated “smart growth” infrastructure project. This inaugural segment serves as both prototype and catalyst for the entire 22-mile BeltLine, establishing the elegant, durable design vocabulary that will unify and highlight 45 diverse neighborhoods around Atlanta. Instantly embraced by a vast range of users, the corridor design brings this complex project to life after a decade of grassroots planning.
At 2.2 miles, it represents only 10 percent of the entire project geographically, but contains half of the main program elements. This critical segment debuts and tests the design of the BeltLine, a framework that will organize the entire corridor functionally, ecologically and aesthetically.
The trail sets the stage for urban living by providing a flexible venue that will evolve with the community over the long term. Both an intuitive urban interface and an exciting destination in itself, the Eastside Trail encourages Atlantans to experience this part of the city outside of their cars for the first time. In this sense, the Eastside Trail is a model for how landscape infrastructure can create positive long-term environmental, economic, and social change.