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Published on November 30th, 2015 |

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The vision for PATH400 is all about connecting people and experiences

By Kym Estis, Development Director
Livable Buckhead Inc.

The vision for PATH400 began as a way to resolve the issue of lack of public greenspace in North Buckhead. Today, PATH400 is becoming a connection between

Kym Estis

Kym Estis

places, i.e. pocket parks, workplaces, entertainment and retail, while adding essential greenspace.

Walkability and connectivity are key attractions for people moving into a community,
as well as attracting a talented workforce.

PATH400 connect2At the south end of PATH400, where Peachtree Creek is near the Morosgo/Piedmont intersection, PATH400 becomes a key link for a spaghetti junction of trails.

Here, PATH400 is the only access point for Atlanta’s north side residents and commuters to reach the planned north segment of the BeltLine trail, providing a bikeable and walkable route to midtown, west side, and east side trails; a connection to the South Fork Conservancy’s Confluence trail, leading to the Emory University and the CDC campus; and a link to the proposed Peachtree Greenway trail, connecting to points north toward Duluth.

Additionally, PATH400 provides access to MARTA rail stations along the route: Buckhead Station, Lenox Station and the Lindbergh station.

PATH400 has improved, pedestrian friendly crosswalks along major intersections,
making it easier to combine a bike/walk with a ride on MARTA rail.

The future of PATH400’s northward expansion is also being planned. The Georgia Department of Transportation has incorporated PATH400 into their plans for the redesign of the GA400/I285 interchange and the Atlanta Regional Commission has awarded Livable Buckhead funding for design of portion of the greenway that will continue to the Atlanta city limits.

Furthermore, the cities of Sandy Springs and Dunwoody are exploring ways to
tie their communities into PATH400 to enhance regional trail connectivity to those northern jurisdictions.

In addition to providing essential connectivity to other trails, PATH400 also provides encounters with history through a relationship with the Buckhead Historical Society; education through relationships with the local public and independent schools; as well as opportunities to witness environmental landmarks of our community along the way.

PATH400 connects residents and commuters to a broad range of experiences.

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