This past quarter, my Message and Content class at Portfolio Center read Where We Want to Live: Reclaiming Infrastructure for a New Generation of Cities, a terrific new book by Ryan Gravel. Gravel came up with the idea to create the Atlanta Beltline, a 22 mile loop around Atlanta consisting of out of use rail lines surrounding the city as a graduate student at Georgia Tech: it was his Master’s Thesis. Once developed, the beltline will include 33 miles of multi-use trails and 1,300 acres of parks.
This optimistic book made a big impression on me and my students. It is empowering to read about how ordinary citizens can make a big difference in the life of the city by making better use of what already exists, resources that have long gone underutilized.
My students used this terrific book as a jumping-off point for a series of three posters. The set pictured was created by rising fourth quarter student Anna Riethman. Enjoy!