told the Atlanta Journal Constitution at the time. While defending the letter, the groupâ€™s chairman also told the paper he was encouraged by Montagueâ€™s responsiveness.
Patton says that the problem isnâ€™t that Atlantans donâ€™t want the BeltLine. The problem is that everyone wants it in their neighborhood first, and it canâ€™t all be built immediately. â€śIâ€™ve been impressed by [Terriâ€™s] ability to bridge all these different groups that she has to have come together in agreement,â€ť Patton says.
In October, ground broke in the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood on the BeltLineâ€™s first major park. The same month, residents participated in a 5-K run-walk along a new path that connects three parks, a school, and a shopping center in the West End and Westview neighborhoods. Then, in November, the project saw a major victory when Georgians voted to allow school tax revenues to be used for redevelopment projectsâ€”a decision that is expected to free up crucial funds for the BeltLine.
â€śYou have to have a lot of drive and perseverance and poise under pressure. It gets honed in the crucible every day,â€ť Montague says. â€śBut Atlanta is a big city of dreams.