The East Side Trail

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A while back I posted a few photos taken on the High Line in Manhattan. Since then, we’ve gotten our own High Line of sorts: the East Side Trail of the Belt Line re-opened last October after being paved and otherwise improved.

And it’s a big hit.

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If we’re in town, it’s a fair bet that we’re out at some point during the day. It’s an easy walk to Irwin Street Market for lunch or a meeting over coffee, or to a movie. We run into friends, and occasionally tweet to a new follower.

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This year’s art installations are mostly gone now, but a surprising amount of old railroad artifacts remain from the corridor’s decades of use.

As construction continues around the city, and transit is added in the future, the Belt Line is reshaping how Atlanta gets around. For too long transportation policy centered around getting suburban commuters into and out of town, and ignored the needs and preferences of people who lived in the city. That’s changed now, and projects like the Belt Line and the Atlanta Streetcar will make Atlanta even more livable and more competitive in the future.

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Oh, and there’s a cat with its own mailbox, where people leave notes. How can you not love that?

I regularly add photos to a flickr set and a G+ album if you’re not close enough to enjoy it yourself.