Hello and welcome!
I am starting this blog to bring you happenings along the Atlanta BeltLine. If you don’t already know about the BeltLine, in short, it’s a paved trail that connects Atlanta’s intown neighborhoods. When it’s finished, it will circle 22 miles around Atlanta – like I-285, only for pedestrians.
In a city where cars reign supreme and terrorize the pedestrians, it’s a refuge.
Mural on the Icebox building at Irwin Street
The BeltLine is a work in progress. Portions of it are already finished – on the west and east sides of town. But the heaviest traveled section is between Piedmont Park and Inman Park. It is known as the Eastside Trail.
On any given weekend, and many weekdays, you will see the Eastside Trail packed with people walking, jogging, bicycling, scootering, skateboarding or hoverboarding. You may see a man on horseback, an 1800s bicycle or devices I dare you to name. There is even some weirdness, like a guy riding a bike with mannequins, and someone else wearing a TV on his head. You can witness performers playing violin, saxophone, drums…At one time, a woman read poetry to passers by, calling herself “Bardess of the BeltLine.” There are tons of dogs, and an occasional cat in a backpack, or parrot, or God knows what.
It’s a place to people watch, and in the summer, it looks like a catwalk, as women come out to model their pretty dresses down the trail.
The pandemic has only increased traffic, with Atlantans seeking fresh air and a change from the scenery inside their homes.
There are official art exhibits that make the BeltLine the South's largest outdoor art gallery. And under the bridges, you will find constantly changing street art that may reflect current events. A portrait of Congressman John Lewis went up under the John Lewis Freedom Parkway bridge last summer when he died, and it’s one of the few artworks that has not yet been covered over. (RIP John Lewis).