The Belt­Line and the Be­he­moth

The At­lanta Belt­Line and Ponce City Mar­ket carve out their places in the city’s chang­ing land­scape

GA Voice - - Paul Plate - By PA­TRICK SAUN­DERS

Two of the most am­bi­tious devel­op­ment projects the city of At­lanta has ever seen are slowly but surely inch­ing their way into our lives, step-by-step, brick-and-mor­tar by brick-and-mor­tar.

One con­nects the city by way of pathways, art, events and al­ter­na­tive trans­porta­tion. The other is the dis­rup­tor, plop­ping down in the mid­dle of an area some say would never change, for bet­ter or worse.

Some say you couldn’t find more di­a­met­ri­cally op­po­site projects than the At­lanta Belt­Line and Ponce City Mar­ket, but oth­ers wel-

April 17, 2015

come both as signs of the city’s new fron­tier.

Ei­ther way, they’re here. And they’re not go­ing any­where any­time soon. Here’s the lat­est on them both.

At­lanta Belt­Line

The At­lanta Belt­Line is a work in progress in the most flat­ter­ing of ways. Typ­i­cally when a devel­op­ment is un­der con­struc­tion, it’s in one place; we see its progress when­ever we hap­pen to drive by, and be­fore you know it, it’s com­plete.

But the Belt­Line lit­er­ally hap­pens all around us. Dif­fer­ent sec­tions are cre­ated and con­nected at dozens of points around the city. Se­cret pas- sage­ways are re­vealed and new an­gles to view the city are opened up step by step, un­til we’re able to ex­pe­ri­ence them our­selves step by step.

Here’s the lat­est on the Belt­Line as we head deeper into spring.

The North Av­enue Plaza

The North Av­enue Plaza will connect Ponce City Mar­ket with the East­side Trail as well as func­tion as a public gath­er­ing space. It will be ac­ces­si­ble from the bridge over North Av­enue and from the ex­ist­ing path to Ponce City Mar­ket’s rail shed deck. Ponce City Mar­ket plans to con­struct stairs and an el­e­va­tor from North Av­enue ac­ces­si­ble to the

This three-mile cor­ri­dor on the city’s south­west side is now un­der con­struc­tion and will run from Uni­ver­sity Av­enue in Adair Park to Lena Av­enue at Wash­ing­ton Park. De­mo­li­tion of the bridge over Martin Luther King Jr. Drive took place in March to make way for a new bridge, with con­struc­tion due to be com­pleted in 2017.

The Ur­ban Farm

The Ur­ban Farm is a four-acre site lo­cated in south­west At­lanta ad­ja­cent to the West-

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