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Just ask Atlanta, smart infrastructure projects pay off

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By now we should all know that well-planned infrastructure projects can have a tremendously positive impact on our communities. Since phase one of the Cincinnati Streetcar system was announced, billions of dollars have been invested along the route.

Now not all of this can be attributed to the streetcar project, but some of it certainly can, and we haven’t even started laying track down yet. New residents and business owners continue to come out and tell us how the promise of the Cincinnati Streetcar is helping drive their investment in our city center.

It’s no different just 7 hours south along I-75 in Atlanta where the promise of the Atlanta BeltLine project has been driving private investment.

For those of you who might be unfamiliar with the Atlanta BeltLine project, it is a multi-modal transportation and recreation project circling Atlanta’s inner-city neighborhoods. The final product will eventually include streetcars and light rail, bike/ped trails, parks, and what local leaders hope is a slew of private mixed-use development focused around transit and walkability.

So far project leaders can only celebrate the completion of four parks, 5.5 miles of paved bike/ped paths, and 6.5 miles of unpaved “interim” paths.

But hey, don’t just take our word for it…Jim?