THERE IS STILL TIME TO GET THE ATLANTA BELTLINE RIGHT
Saporta Report broke the news yesterday that two key board members – Ryan Gravel and Chief Equity Officer Nathanial Smith – resigned their positions with the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, the private sector organization responsible for, in part, advocating for affordable housing along the BeltLine.
This came as a shock to many considering Ryan Gravel initially proposed the BeltLine's concept in 1999. However, he made it clear that this was not a sign of no longer supporting the project. Quite the opposite. As he said, "we hope it is the beginning of a more robust and effective coalition of voices that can ensure that the [BeltLine's] full, inclusive vision is realized."
Cathy Woolard is running for mayor to make Atlanta a more inclusive city for everyone, regardless of one's personal wealth. She saw great potential in Ryan's idea nearly 15 years ago and helped turn his vision into a reality. Now, she's fighting to make sure the BeltLine stays true to the original vision of bringing about a more inclusive city, and not one where only wealthy people can afford to live.