Ed’s Corner

Spandex Tales!

Many of you know I now live in downtown Decatur overlooking the Stone Mountain trail. It is truly heartwarming to see groups of young riders, dog walkers, families , and more enjoying the trail I helped create. I sit out on my balcony just to absorb the vibe of the people down below as they…

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Battle of (South) Peachtree Creek

This story begins back in 1996 when DeKalb County obtained federal funding to build a trail between Medlock Park and the flood plain behind North DeKalb Mall. An enthusiastic group of Medlock Park neighbors led by Tom Gould had helped the County obtain the funding to help preserve the newly designated South Peachtree Creek Nature…

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Atlanta Trail Master Plan Turns 25!

Where were you in 1992?  For a walk down memory lane, see the 1992 City of Atlanta Greenway Trail Master Plan as drafted by PATH volunteers.  We’re featuring the 25 year old map on the cover of our December newsletter.  The map may be old, but we’re still adding trail miles along these same routes.…

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Hank and the Chicken Bones

I have wonderful memories of my year as a right-of-way man trying to close the gap in the Silver Comet Trail between Rockmart and Cedartown. The rail was still active between the two cities so options for connecting the Silver Comet centered on convincing thirty plus property owners to let us pass through. My partner-in-crime…

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The Next Migration

Trending Now: Younger generations are moving back to the inner city to immerse themselves in a walkable, bikable lifestyle. Newsflash: Big cities are using T-SPLOST and other revenue streams to build trails, cycle tracks, and sidewalks to accommodate the influx of new citizens who prefer walking and biking to driving. The competition between major cities…

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SNAKE TAILS

We have built over 200 miles of trails through Georgia woodlands and wetlands. We have bisected enough snake habitat over the past twenty-five years to encounter our share of creepy crawlers. It wasn’t until we got a call from a lady in South DeKalb County last month that I decided it was time to share…

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A CRAZY IDEA AND A KIDNEY STONE

I am very proud to announce the dedication of a buffered bikeway along John Portman Boulevard that completes the connection between the Atlanta Beltline and Centennial Olympic Park (COP). I’ve aged more than the sixteen years it has taken to get this done. In 2000 when we first introduced the crazy idea of converting travel…

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CHILLAXING

I recently read where Webster’s was adding a handful of new words to their 2016 dictionary to keep pace with the dialogue spoken in the world in which we live. Words like emoji , meme, photobomb, and twerk are ‘new’ words regularly used this year that didn’t exist a few years ago. Webster’s is obviously…

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THANKSGIVING WITHOUT ROXIE

We lost our black Lab to cancer a few weeks ago. Roxie was absolutely the most incredible, wonderful, sweetheart dog that has ever graced the planet. You may nominate other dogs for this honor but I have no doubt Roxie was number one! If there is a doggie heaven, I’m certain our girl is chewing…

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HOW THE WEST WAS WON

It has been ten years since we launched an effort to close the eleven mile gap in the Silver Comet Trail between Rockmart and Cedartown. We had completed the trail from Smyrna to Rockmart and the nine mile segment from Cedartown to the Alabama state line utilizing the Seaboard Air Line Railroad abandoned corridor. CSX…

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