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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Beltline walking tour on Friday

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Have you been itching to tour one of the country's largest smart-growth projects? One that might transform the city and cost an estimated $2.8 billion? You're in luck, my friend!

On Friday, ubiquitous smilemachine Angel Poventud, whom you might remember from  our recent Happy Issue, will lead  morning and evening Beltline tours that will cover some northern and southern parts of the project.

Poventud's started a Facebook page with information about the two urban hikes. Included are details about the trail routes and recommendations about what to wear or bring on the two tours.

After the jump, some details about the morning and evening excursions for those who haven't caved in and joined the social network site.

Details for the morning tour, which will cover much of the project's northeast quadrant near Piedmont Park:

The first [tour] will be from 10am to 2pm walking from the corner of 10th and Monroe Drive north and then west over to Piedmont Hospital. This section is about 4 miles long, so 3 hours of walking and about an hour to get back to the starting location on Marta.

Here's a map of that area.

And the evening hike:

The second will be from 530pm to 930pm walking from the West End Marta station east along the southern arc of the Beltline over to the Inman Park Marta Station. This section is about 6.5 miles long, so 3 hours for walking and about an hour to get back to the start location at the West End Marta Station. The sun doesn't set till 8:46pm, so we will get the whole walk in during daylight. Also, we will be walking through the Reynoldstown neighborhood which is where this Saturdays Wheel barrel festival is being held. Just thought I'd mention it.

And here's a map of that area.

Poventud, who's a kind-spirited and well-informed man about town, knows the Beltline and is a great tour guide. His contact info is on the Facebook page. If you're not a Facebook member, feel free to send him an email.

(Photo by Joeff Davis)

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