what is this beltline thing anyway?

a meeting of the study group for area 10 master plan launch?

a meeting of the study group for area 10 master plan launch?

i used to be really up on the beltline. if you remember, and if you don’t who can blame you, the beltline is supposed to be a network of transit, parks and trails utilizing old train tracks and right-of-ways to create a circle around the city, or a “belt”, get it?

i have kind of given up on the beltline, which is supposed to run right by my house, but it seems like every few weeks i get an email from whatever city office is running this thing, where i am once again invited to some planning meetings, or community meetings, or task force meetings.

so i guess now the beltline isn’t really a network of transit, trails and parks anymore, it’s just a bunch of emails and meetings. today i got an email inviting me to a study group of a master plan launch for subareas 10 and 8. is the communist party of the soviet union running this thing?

on the homepage of beltline.org it says “the beltline is coming!”

which is suppose is true if by coming you mean coming to a study group for a master plan launch for subarea 8.

sad. and the reason why nothing gets done about transit in this city.

no will. no will at all to do anything about the problem.

oh well.

3 Comments so far

  1. DJ (unregistered) on January 21st, 2010 @ 1:41 pm

    I thought the beltline was a ring of real estate developers encircling the city and gorging at the public feed trough with complete and total disregard for the citzens’ quality of life needs. Am I missing something?

  2. Daniel Norton (unregistered) on January 21st, 2010 @ 3:55 pm

    I moved to NYC from Atlanta five years ago. The beltine had just been proposed when I left. Good to see so progress.

  3. Annette Gibney (unregistered) on January 27th, 2010 @ 1:49 pm

    I live in Columbus and we have a similar program called Rails to trails. When first proposed they were going to put in an actual train that would go from one park site to another. The train would move slow enough that you could actually “jump aboard” if you wanted to or there would be stations along the route. There were also going to be walking/biking trails in conjunction to the train. After years of planning the city fathers finally started on the first segment…the train idea was scrapped and only walking trails remain. The trail crosses a busy cut through in front of an elementary school (with all those moms trying to get Junior to school in the morning) not somewhere I want to be walking. They built a beautiful “train station” rest area which will be a lovely new home for our homeless population in the area and I have yet to see any lighting so that when you get to the really pretty, forested, areas, you will be completely in the dark. I’m wondering if the National Park Service had all this in mind when they donated the land for this project?

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