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Tacos From the Future!

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Just down Edgewood Avenue from the Beltline lies a small bar named Joystick Gamebar (427 Edgewood Ave.). They specialize in retro arcade games, great drinks, and science-defying feats of time travel. Joystick used the latter to bring Bad Dog tacos and burritos to the area. In early 2015, Bad Dog Taqueria (currently in the Emory Village) will be opening their second location at the corner of Edgewood Avenue and Boulevard. But now there is no need for the Old Fourth Ward to wait until then to … [Read more...]

Roofscape the Eastside Trail

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I often refer to the BeltLine as Atlanta 2.0 because of how it is upgrading the city. The elevations of the reclaimed railroad have definitely upgraded city vistas at certain locations. The downside is that users of the Line will sometimes be looking down at wide expanses of the rooftops of big box retail buildings. This certainly doesn't show us the building's best side. Little consideration has been given to these elevated deserts of gravel and black tar because they weren't visible before … [Read more...]

Find Our BeltLine Stash and Net Some Cash

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We’re going to start giving away money. So we hid a twenty dollar bill today. Perhaps we should explain: 1. We are unabashed Ambassadors of the BeltLine Lifestyle. It’s because we are grateful to claim as our neighborhood a band of emerging infraculture that is arguably the best thing to happen to Atlanta in a long while. Part of our mission at BELTLINE.net is to promote buying local from the best businesses, restaurants, shopping, and services in the corridor. 2. Our work is helping … [Read more...]

Ponce City Market Inches Toward Big Reveal

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  By now, the re-purposing of the "Old Sears Building"/"City Hall East" as Ponce City Market is practically synonymous with the BeltLine itself. Sitting about halfway along the East Side Trail at Ponce de Leon Ave., the largest building redevelopment in the city promises to be something of a dream come true: retail and restaurants, a food market, office space, residential units and plenty of room to park your bike. So when do we get to see it?? As with most development opening … [Read more...]

Water Tower Stacks Coming 2015

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The concrete tower across from Studioplex, the Old Fourth Ward’s most iconic landmark, has often perplexed visitors to the neighborhood, wondering as to it's history and purpose.  More than 100 years ago Atlantic Compress Company had it built as a gigantic fire hydrant for the adjacent cotton compress factory. It was designed such that gravity could unleash 100,000 gallons of water from a tank at the top of the tower should the factory ever catch afire, which it did in 1916. Although the factory … [Read more...]

Soket Offers Free Social Marketing Workshop

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Everyone has heard that this “online social stuff” is supposed to be great for local businesses, but between dealing with customer service issues, managing staff, and working with vendors… when are you supposed to have the time to do it? Even if you can find the time, what should you be doing? Soket is a technology company based in Old Fourth Ward that not only provides a solution for simplifying local, social marketing, but has begun offering a social marketing workshop to demystify and make … [Read more...]

Banner Year for Southwest Atlanta

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This may be one of the best years ever for Southwest Atlanta. In June, Atlanta Beltline, Inc. (ABI) announced they have completed land acquisition for the Westside Trail. This was the final step in securing $18 million in federal grants for the $43 million section of the beltline. This 3-mile trail will run from University Avenue in Adair Park north to Lena Street at Washington Park. In July, WonderRoot, an Atlanta-based non-profit arts and service organization, oversaw the unveiling … [Read more...]

5th Annual Lantern Parade

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A menagerie of lanterns at the 2013 Lantern Parade, photo by Naoya Wada The Lantern Parade is an annual event that celebrates the opening of Art of the Beltline exhibit. This colorful display began in 2010, the brainchild of former New Orleanian Chantelle Rytter, whose mission to bring out creativity and playfulness in all of us has exploded along with the beloved BeltLine it follows. In 2013, it's 4th year, an estimated mass of 10,000 people came out over the course of the evening to witness … [Read more...]

The Arts Take Center Stage On the BeltLine

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Public art -- both visual and performance -- has always been a fundamental component of the Atlanta BeltLine vision. Year five of the biannual Art on the BeltLine kicks off with The Lantern Parade this September 6. Over 240 proposals were vetted for artistic merit, concept originality, feasibility and community engagement with almost 100 visual and performance pieces selected. In similar news, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. has received a $100,000 National Endowment for the Arts Grant to build … [Read more...]

Specialty Clothing Shop Offers Commuter Cycling Swag

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The Spindle rose from a passion for cycling from brothers Sharif and Ezz-Eldin Hassan.  In late 2012, after many rides and blown out jeans, they feverishly sought out cycling gear made for the everyday rider.  They really had to dig, though. In a world filled with kits, clunky shoes, and spandex, finding companies that specialize in the commuter side of the biking world was going to take some effort.  Sure, companies like Chrome had already made a name for themselves by offering messenger style … [Read more...]