Ryan Gravel on Atlanta's Beltline

Community Connectivity meets place-making.  This is Ryan Gravel's 1999 grad school thesis gone wild! I heard about him and his plan  a few years after originating the Smart Growth District - Indianapolis in 2008. In the Smart Growth District plan community advocates and champions sought in an original action item to link 2.2 miles of an abandoned Indianapolis beltline rail way to the popular Monon Greenway Trail. This Indianapolis effort originally sought, in microcosm, what Atlanta's Beltline became.  I was pleased to meet Ryan Gravel this summer at an Urban Land Institute (ULI) event in Lexington, KY.  It was a joy.  Check this out to see what happens when folks rally behind an urban planner / architect with a good idea as described in this TED talk

The places we live aren’t inevitable, and if we want something different, we need to speak up.
— https://www.ted.com/talks/ryan_gravel_how_we_re_building_a_22_mile_long_park_in_the_middle_of_a_city?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=tedspread