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Atlanta BeltLine Inc.
Size: 6,000+ acres
The Atlanta Beltline plan is an ambitious urban redevelopment strategy that will guide the area's development over the next 20 years. Currently a circle of underutilized railroads, the Beltline will evolve into an infrastructure framework around which 40 central Atlanta neighborhoods will grow by as many as 100,000 people. The Beltline plan guides the development of a dynamic transit greenway, a 22-mile loop of light-rail transit, multi-use paths and linear parks that will engage over 700 acres of existing parks and over 6,000 acres of underutilized urban land. Indicative of our approach to large-scale urban planning, the strategy includes up to 1,000 acres of new parks, economic revitalization in dozens of underserved communities, new jobs, affordable housing, improved mobility, new cultural facilities and the longest arboretum in the world.
We led a planning process that envisioned and developed ideas for the future Beltline framework. The study focused on establishing future connections through existing industrial and commercial parcels, while maintaining sites that are appropriate and flexible for potential redevelopment scenarios. By examining the historical right-of-way pattern of Atlanta and each area's surrounding grid context, the study projected future rights-of-way through underutilized parcels. The study creates a guideline for residents and developers as to how the public connections to the Beltline shall be created in accordance with each parcel's redevelopment. The concepts are imaginative, based in history and vision, but do not ignore the complex physical conditions and political context. By engaging and leveraging this complexity rather than applying boilerplate solutions, the stage has been set for Atlanta to accomplish more than just an improved transit and greenway system, but a new 21st century city.
Concurrent with the development of the physical elements of site, transit and stations, trails and gardens, our Branded Environments team is designing communication typologies for wayfinding and signage to assist visitors getting to the Beltline as well as locating, directing and connecting destinations once there.