Eastside house owner calls BeltLine a scourge on neighborhood

Editor’s notice: Following two weeks of electronic mail back-and-forth for a Q&A-style report, the next supply requested to stay nameless simply previous to publishing. With such a scorching tackle such an necessary Atlanta subject, that may usually be grounds to dismiss a possible story. However this subject, as of final week, all of the sudden grew to become extra well timed than ever, per this house owner.

We’ll name her Emily.

Emily feels a bit of the Atlanta BeltLine—Southside Path Phase 6, accomplished in an interim state in Could 2021—isn’t a boon to her Glenwood Park neighborhood, however a scourge. She says she’s not alone. Living proof got here final week, in response to her, in what she describes because the “worst [vehicle] crash we’ve had because the BeltLine got here by,” however not the one one.

A automobile exiting Interstate 20 eastbound on Jan. 31 did not cease at Invoice Kennedy Manner and blasted through barriers meant to guard BeltLine patrons on a bridge over the interstate, scattering the realm in particles and rendering the interim BeltLine part all however unusable. It occurred just a few toes from a big encampment, positioned between the BeltLine and interstate, that’s largely tucked away from public view however may be very a lot on the minds of neighbors, in response to Emily.

Beneath is a quick compendium of correspondences despatched from Emily asking for information protection to shine a light-weight on points she says are plaguing her neighborhood. It paints a distinction to the extra typical narrative of the BeltLine being a welcome boon for Atlanta’s city connectivity and intown economic system, regardless of it being an agent of considerable cost-of-living will increase.  

Pricey Urbanize Atlanta:

I hope this story could also be of curiosity as a juxtaposition of a neighborhood deeply affected by the BeltLine improvement.

I’ve lived in East Atlanta—the Glenwood Park neighborhood—since 2019, proper earlier than the BeltLine got here by.

For the reason that Beltline got here by, we have had a number of autos slam into the BeltLine walkway, we now have an enormous (and rising) homeless encampment, and an enormous situation with unlawful dumping and littering.

The BeltLine refuses to do something or work with town to help in cleansing the realm or preserving it correctly stored up.

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The Southside Path’s Phase 6 over I-20 at this time. Josh Inexperienced/Urbanize Atlanta

To no avail, our neighborhood is exasperated with the unimaginable enhance in crime, unlawful dumping, littering, and loitering that has been on a gentle rise because the BeltLine got here by. We’ve needed to rent non-public safety (at our HOA expense). The BeltLine turned our part of the BeltLine over to town to take care of particles, and town refuses to assist. 

Poor design, ineffective oversight, and an absence of ongoing upkeep. It is surprising that the BeltLine bought this path accepted with no significant security plans along side [Georgia Department of Transportation], on a strip of a slender and busy highway, Invoice Kennedy Manner, that’s traditionally harmful. 

A Georgia Division of Transportation picture offered by Glenwood Park neighbors displaying crash websites between 2018 and 2022; the Southside Path part is marked with an arrow. GDOT; submitted picture

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[It’s all] an fascinating juxtaposition as Atlanta likes to tout the BeltLine [as being akin] to “riverfront premiums”; as such, property taxes have elevated considerably as soon as the BeltLine paved its method by our small neighborhood.

When they’re performed, retail can now not afford to remain, neighbors are left footing the invoice, coping with crime, rodents, public dumping, tenting, and security and well being hazards.

— “Emily”

To replace, Emily sends phrase that metropolis officers have been extra aware of considerations following her reaching out to native media, and that “town is supposedly going to make an effort” although she’s “not holding my breath.”

And we needs to be clear that Atlanta BeltLine Inc. sees the Invoice Kennedy Manner path part on and close to I-20 as very a lot momentary. The company’s everlasting answer requires constructing a separate pedestrian bridge for the BeltLine throughout I-20 and improving adjoining trails on the northern and southern sides of it.

Finally examine, BeltLine officers had begun the method of soliciting an engineering design staff for the bridge portion, however no development timeline has been finalized.

The state of the broken interim BeltLine part in query on Feb. 1, a day after the latest automobile crash involving Jersey limitations. Josh Inexperienced/Urbanize Atlanta

Ornamental BeltLine planters put in in entrance of Glenwood Park stoops in 2021. Josh Inexperienced/Urbanize Atlanta

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