Ryan Gravel

Ryan Gravel and where we want to live

This morning, I attended Creative Mornings to hear Ryan Gravel talk about how a city's infrastructure affects the way we live.  His master's thesis was the idea paper behind Atlanta's Beltline, which now connects many diverse neighborhoods and communities.  Beltline.org describes the project as "a sustainable redevelopment project that will provide a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit along a historic 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown and connecting many neighborhoods directly to each other."

Nothing affects THE STREETS more than the streets, so I was interested to hear Ryan talk about the evolution of his idea.  While he was studying architecture at Georgia Tech, he spent a year abroad in Paris.  He started noticing how the physical world in Paris was changing the way he lived.  He walked everywhere and bought fresh food.  He felt healthier.  Speaking of the streets in Paris, he said - 

These grand boulevards and streets aren’t just about moving people from point A to point B...They are the foundation for our economy. But more than that, they are the foundation for our social life and our culture.
— Ryan Gravel

When he came home and needed a project for his thesis, he focused on the idea of making Atlanta a place where he wanted to live.  People in Atlanta picked up on the idea - 

Did he succeed?  He tells a personal story here - 

Every city I go to has some project like the Beltline.
— Ryan Gravel

Ryan is working on a project with Atlanta Design Studio called Atlanta City Design to determine what we want to be when we grow up.  He will be there tomorrow (Saturday, June 25) - 

And now for some fun.  We started off the morning watching people crack eggs on their heads - 

Let's end on a stylish note -