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Pedestrians walk their dogs Tuesday along the Atlanta BeltLine in Atlanta.

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A young girl is framed Tuesday by the ribbons of Misao Cates' public art project titled "What Ties Me To You," along the Atlanta BeltLine in Atlanta.

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A couple walks along the trail as the midtown skyline stands in the background in Atlanta.

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Alex Rodriguez' public art project titled "Whirling Wheels," is seen against the midtown skyline along the BeltLine in Atlanta.

Cash Barnes' public art project "Take Me To Your Leader," is displayed in front of the downtown Atlanta skylin. Since an Atlanta nonprofit opened a 2.25-mile-long paved trail east of downtown last month, it has attracted a steady stream of joggers, dog-walkers and cyclists.

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A couple walks along the Atlanta BeltLine.

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A section of old rail tracks is preserved next to the Atlanta BeltLine. The Eastside Trail is the latest and most visible phase of the Atlanta BeltLine, an ambitious $2.8 billion plan to transform a 22-mile railroad corridor that encircles Atlanta into a network of parks, trails, public art, affordable homes and ultimately streetcars.

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The path, known as the Eastside Trail, is part of a $2.8 billion plan to transform a 22-mile railroad corridor that encircles Atlanta into a network of trails, parks, affordable homes and ultimately streetcar lines. The Atlanta BeltLine is an example of rails-to-trails projects going on around the country, including in New York and Chicago, that aim to make better use of old rail corridors by creating better-connected and more livable urban areas, providing alternatives to car travel and spurring economic development.
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    • Pedestrians walk their dogs Tuesday along the Atlanta BeltLine in Atlanta.
    •   A young girl is framed Tuesday by the ribbons of Misao Cates’ public art project titled “What Ties Me To You,” along the Atlanta BeltLine in Atlanta.
    •   A couple walks along the trail as the midtown skyline stands in the background in Atlanta.
    • Alex Rodriguez’ public art project titled “Whirling Wheels,” is seen against the midtown skyline along the BeltLine in Atlanta.
    •   Cash Barnes’ public art project “Take Me To Your Leader,” is displayed in front of the downtown Atlanta skylin. Since an Atlanta nonprofit opened a 2.25-mile-long paved trail east of downtown last month, it has attracted a steady stream of joggers, dog-walkers and cyclists.
    • A couple walks along the Atlanta BeltLine.
    •   A section of old rail tracks is preserved next to the Atlanta BeltLine. The Eastside Trail is the latest and most visible phase of the Atlanta BeltLine, an ambitious $2.8 billion plan to transform a 22-mile railroad corridor that encircles Atlanta into a network of parks, trails, public art, affordable homes and ultimately streetcars.
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