Speaker Series: Ryan Gravel

Speaker Series: Ryan Gravel

Ryan Gravel, who envisioned the wildly popular Atlanta BeltLine, came to Huntsville on September 29th, 2015 as part of the BIG Picture Speaker Series. The event was held at Merrimack Hall.

While a graduate student in architecture and city planning at Georgia Tech, Gravel conceived the idea that eventually became the Atlanta BeltLine. The BeltLine is a 22-mile greenway circling central Atlanta that, when completed, will include light rail, 1,300 acres of new parkland, 5,600 units of affordable housing, 1,000 acres of remediated brown fields, and a diverse range of outdoor programming. Check out his blog at ryangravel.com.


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An estimated 80-100 people attended the event. A plurality of attendees came from the 35801 ZIP code (Central Huntsville). Other ZIPs with a significant presence included 35803 (South Huntsville), 35805 (SW Huntsville), and 35758 (Madison).