Sunday, February 20, 2011
On The BeltLine: Northeast Atlanta
Saturday's northeast corridor stroll should have been a leisurely second chance for those who missed the January 22nd inaugural tour. While the intrepid Angel Poventude had made other plans, he surprised the small group when he appeared at the Lindbergh MARTA and the adventure gained another dimension. His railroad knowledge and inability to meet a stranger transformed what might have lasted three hours into an epic journey.
While the previously explored segments were lonely places, this part of the corridor teemed with activity. Before tagging that wall, she had done a fine job of her own maquillage. Unexpected frilly piping at the shoulder makes her one stylish urban guerilla.
Is there anyone Angel doesn't know? Journalist Maria Saporta was walking with her dogs.
Sugar-Coated Radical offered delightful diversion trackside at the foot of Drewry Street. Chocolatier Taria Camerino "listens" to her single-origin beans and pairs them with unexpected and delightful results. My choice of truffle was filled with roasted corn and crowned by a sliver of candied jalopeno.
Some views of the Ponce de Leon corridor were familiar while others required help from Angel to identify them sixteen years later.
Yes, the climb was steep but it rewarded us with a view of the Historic Fourth Ward Park. The mound was excavated to form the stormwater detension pond.
A chance encounter with BeltLine landscape architect Kevin Burke became a quick tour of the yet-to-be-opened park. Watercourses will race alongside its amphitheatre.
Farther on we paused to admire the new skatepark, to which the Tony Hawk Foundation contributed $25,000.
Atlanta's BeltLine inspires all manner of expression. The large scale tags are welcome deterrents to random gangsta graffiti. Lucky are they who call it home. This cozy installation of crepe myrtle twigs by J. D. Koth called "Cheerful Chaos" captures the zeitgeist.