about 14 years ago a student at
Georgia Tech wrote
a purely academic program on an idea, the idea being for the city to buy up
old abandoned railroad right of ways and replace the tracks with parks, bike
paths etc. Atlanta
The idea began humbly, as a graduate thesis at Georgia Tech. In 1999, a student, Ryan Gravel, proposed an overhaul of the railroad corridor. He expected the 120-page academic paper to gather dust at a campus library, he said.
But amazingly the project was made into a reality.
Instead a city councilwoman, Cathy Woolard, who later became the Council’s president, heard about the proposal and seized on it. She forged an unlikely coalition of environmentalists, transit officials, local artists and real estate developers. The city began buying the railroad corridor in 2007.
And amazingly, economic development followed.
Rich Addicks for The New York Times
Construction along the Eastside Trail has boomed. The largest real estate project is a 2.1 million-square-foot former Sears distribution center that is being converted into apartments, restaurants and a rooftop miniature golf course.
Skip Engelbrecht owns an antique furniture store, Paris on Ponce, that backs up to the Eastside Trail. He said business has increased tenfold over the past two years as the trail opened.
Wow, business development and job growth, something Conservatives must surely supporting. Well no, because it involves taxes and government spending, something Conservatives hate even if it does promote their own positions.