Outdoors on the BeltLine

When it comes to outdoors and the BeltLine, we’ve got two words: Parks and Recreation.

Parks? We got ‘em. Described as Atlanta’s Emerald Necklace, the BeltLine is a linear park it’s own self. But like any good, growing thing it has sprouted several other parks on what was once blighted urban grayfields, including Boulevard Crossing, D.H. Stanton, Gordon White, Perkerson and the stunning and brilliant Historic Fourth Ward Park.

On the recreation map you’ve got H4W Skate Park, kissed by the Eastside Trail, hugged by a large athletic field, and blessed by the High Priest of the Half Pipe himself, Tony Hawk.

The appeal of the rail trail is that it’s a level, safe path built on an old railroad. It has inspired a surge in bicycle culture (which we unabashedly celebrate) and an explosion in active lifestyles with scores of folks burning calories instead of carbon via every conceivable mode of human-powered transit.

BeltLandia Weekender: August 19th – 21st, 2016

The week has come and luckily for all of us, the week has almost gone. I would personally like for it to go far, far away. Is it just me, or does that long weekend in September need to be here ASAP? Like, now? Maybe if we stick together and enjoy the next two Atlanta event-filled weekends, we play hookie on the city soon.  Since we can't have our toes in the sand quite yet, maybe a concert at Chastain Park and a classic movie at the Fox will help ease our end-of-summer-is-near woes. I … [Read more...]

BeltLandia Weekender: August 12th – 14th, 2016

With the Olympics on, I find myself wondering if there could possibly be anything else to do but watch the sporting events. However, it has been brought to my attention that not everyone watches the Olympics – who knew? If you find yourself as one of those that does not self-identify as an avid Olympics viewer, then I bet the list of events below might provide you with ample entertainment for the weekend. Regardless of what you choose, there will not be a shortage of … [Read more...]

BeltLandia Weekender: August 5th – 7th, 2016

Happy Friday, my friends! The good news is that we survived the week. The better news is that we survived back to school traffic. The best news is that the Olympic Opening Ceremonies start tonight! The hardest thing you will have to do this weekend is determine which BeltLandia events you can fit in while balancing a solid Olympic viewing schedule. Enjoy! Friday, August 5th  BB&T Atlanta Open Tennis Tournament @ Atlantic Station  11th Annual Atlanta … [Read more...]

BeltLandia Weekender: July 29th – 31st, 2016

As this week ends and the next begins, we will start to see something we haven't seen all summer. I'm sorry folks, the yellow school buses have returned. It might be blazing hot outside but summer break is officially over for schools down south. We must return to embracing the longer commutes and waiting for the last kid to get off the bus.  We can do this... with a lot of coffee and a whole lot of patience.  That being said, please take this weekend to soak up the pre back to … [Read more...]

There’s gold in them thar hoods!

I just took a peek at the latest statistics for a few neighborhoods around the BeltLine Westside Trail -- namely Adair Park, West End, West View, and Capitol View. The median days on the market for homes sold in the past six months was just 13 and average sales prices were over 100% of asking price. The land rush to the West is clearly on! And it’s going to get more intense as the completion of the BeltLine Westside Trail approaches. But at this stage I still talk to people in the market … [Read more...]

BeltLandia Weekender: July 1st – 4th, 2016

Let freedom ring and let the beer flow! Don your best red, white and blue this weekend as we prepare to celebrate our great, *free* country. The month of June may have gone by in a flash but luckily we get to welcome July with a weekend of fireworks. The city will be in a bustle with all things stars and stripes so be sure to take a gander at this week’s events for some ideas to spruce up your long weekend. If you find yourself at the Peachtree Roadrace Monday morning, be sure to check out … [Read more...]

BeltLandia Weekender: June 24th – 26th, 2016

Greetings, BeltLandians! The weekend is upon us and, as usual, there's plenty to do along Atlanta's Yellow Brick Road and it's environs. With the official start of summer this week, it is time to grin and bear the Georgia heat for the next few months. As we know, the humidity can be wicked this time of year; however, this should not keep us from soaking up some of the Braves' final games at the Ted before the team’s stadium is officially OTP. If you’re looking for some events this summer … [Read more...]

Putting the Market in Ponce City Market

Tuesdays just got more exciting, y’all! May 3rd heralded the opening of the new Ponce City Farmers' Market held under “The Shed” right on the BeltLine. I went a little later in the evening and it had definitely drawn a crowd. I try to do a once-over with all booths at farmers’ markets when I first get there to see what everyone has available and to get more bang for my buck. I usually just bring a fresh Jackson (or Tubman, if you’re from the future) with me and I like to stretch it, but I also … [Read more...]

How to improve your social life in a healthy way

I just got back from my semi-annual doctor's visit. One of the docs the Doc gave me as I was leaving was entitled "Management of Your Personal Health." The header of one section reads:  "How can I improve my social life in a healthy way?" Learning that he is concerned with my social health as well as my physical health kick-started an inner monologue of new-found appreciation for my choice in health care professionals. After all, we keep hearing that social and physical health are … [Read more...]

Re-Learning To Ride A Bike On The BeltLine

We're all jumping some sort of hurdle in our lives. Juggling jobs, families, running a business, maintaining relationships, creating new ones; we're all working around some sort of challenge. Those challenges can be present in our every day normal activities, or they can be more like the one I'm writing about today: in the back of your mind, and slowly nagging you to death. A few years after 1999 I was tooling around my college campus on my bike, zipping through throngs of students to get to … [Read more...]