BeltLine Visionary Speaks to the Club

September 14, 2017

Ryan Gravel, an urban planner, author, Ted Talk speaker and founder of the Atlanta BeltLine spoke to members of the Atlanta Lions Club during their monthly luncheon meeting at the Capital City Club in Downtown Atlanta.  While at Georgia Tech his master’s thesis in 1999 was the original vision and blueprint for the Atlanta BeltLine, a 22-mile transit greenway that with fifteen years of progress, is changing the physical form of Atlanta.

Now a $4 billion public-private investment in the early stages of implementation, the project’s health and economic benefits are already evident through record-breaking use by Atlanta residents and the City’s surge in economic redevelopment.  Ryan spoke about Atlanta’s future as a hub for growth and lifestyle and the importance of branding itself as the “civil rights” city.