The Allure of Atlanta’s Soon-To-Be Largest Park

Image courtesy of hgor.com If you took a quick poll of Atlanta residents, how many could honestly say they’ve heard of Bellwood Quarry? It won’t be long until it will be hard to find anyone who hasn’t heard of it. Why? Bellwood Quarry is about to be the featured attraction in Atlanta’s newest - and largest - park, Westside Park. At nearly 100 acres larger than the next largest park, Piedmont, Westside Park will be the crown jewel of the Atlanta Beltline. Westside Park - What is … [Read more...]

Illuminarium – Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Have you ever dreamed of visiting Africa? Take a short detour off the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail and you're virtually there. Illumanarium, the Beltline’s newest attraction, takes immersive entertainment to a whole new level, creating a space that will plunge you into the savannas of Africa complete with the sights, sounds - and even smells! Illuminarium, the first immersive experience of its kind in North America, is situated directly adjacent to the Atlanta Beltline Eastside Trail … [Read more...]

New Townhomes Coming to Westview

Up to 35 new townhomes proposed for the area within the yellow border The Westside of the Beltline made some news this past week when developers requested a zoning change at the site of the former Cornerstone Holiness Church site on Langhorn. Only one block from the West end of the Beltline, this potential new development could pave the way for further zoning changes in the area, dramatically changing the streetscape to a density that would bring a jolt of energy to the Historic Westside … [Read more...]

Bearings Bike Works: A Community-Focused Bike Shop

If you’ve been out and about on the BeltLine recently, you may have noticed an inordinate amount of kids biking around the Westside part of the trail, near Adair Park. Why? This part of the BeltLine happens to be home to Bearings Bike Works, the brainchild of Tim and Becky O’Mara. Now over a decade old, the O’Maras initially created Bearings Bike Works in response to a need for not just bike repair, but also positive opportunities for local youth to engage with their community. In the … [Read more...]

Rodney Cook, Sr. Park could transform a neighborhood

The potential of the BeltLine dream has always been that it could add acres of green space and parks to the City of Atlanta. Today, the Emerald Necklace has a new gem. After years of planning, delays, and construction snags, the Rodney Cook, Sr. Park at Historic Vine City has finally opened.  At a cost of $40 million, the park named for a Buckhead insurance executive who worked with Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders is sure to boost the surrounding … [Read more...]

BeltLine Rail Now, Already

The promise of light rail on the Atlanta BeltLine has always been just that - a promise. While the initial premise of the BeltLine centered on light rail in addition to pedestrian access, the light rail infrastructure never materialized and now anxious residents of BeltLine neighborhoods are left wondering if light rail in their neighborhood will remain a myth. On May 27th, MARTA made extensive promises that light rail will be a reality on the BeltLine by 2027. While space exists on the … [Read more...]

Jumpstart Ryan Gravel’s Generator

“What is innovative housing?” This was asked to a room full of folks at a seminar I attended a couple months back. It was a valid question given that we were there for what was billed as an Innovative Housing Summit. The funny thing was the event organizer and asker-of-the-question confessed that the same query had stumped him during a public radio interview promoting the event. A theater full of housing experts and presenters seemed to have their own difficulty articulating answers -- … [Read more...]

BeltLandia: a nice place to hang your hat

When you got hats -- which we do -- you need some place to hang ‘em, right? So, this hat rack. It’s a special hand-made hat rack, though, crafted with authentic BeltLandian mojo and bonafide BeltLine artifacts: The hat pegs are made from railroad spikes harvested from the BeltLine corridor and fabricated by Marty Martin’s team over at Fred Martin Welding Co. They’re a family-owned, O4W-based business since 1938 and they’ll weld anything but a broken heart and the crack of dawn. The … [Read more...]

Farmers’ Market Fridays: Goat and Roasting Boxes

This past Saturday, I took another trip to The Green Market at Piedmont Park and the weather had definitely improved since my last visit! I arrived about an hour after they opened and it was rife with patrons and their puppies, all happily perusing the booths along with me. I hadn't seen it so packed quite yet, so it was nice to see everyone walking around to support their local vendors. I trekked down to the very edge of the market to visit the Southern Berkshire Farm booth. On my previous … [Read more...]

Taste the Umami at Nexto

A couple of weeks ago, February didn’t get the memo about being cold and left March to pick up the slack. Ringing in Soup Season 2.0, I decided to step out of my kitchen in search of something hot, savory, and familiar-- RAMEN. Not the ramens of yore once picked up at Kroger and eaten while crying into styrofoam 3 minutes later in your dorm room. I searched for genuinely crafted, immortalized in Japanese culture ramen. A trip to Buford Highway was too long for me to wait out hangry feelings, so … [Read more...]