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Watch for those BeltLine signs

WonderRoot co-founder Alex West, 25, of Atlanta paints a plywood sign.

WonderRoot co-founder Alex West, 25, of Atlanta paints a plywood sign.

Sometime Wednesday morning, you might notice a little something different along your commute.

About 60 people gathered at Eyedrum last weekend to paint signs that will mark the 22-mile BeltLine loop around Atlanta. About 100 plywood pieces measuring 1-by-4 feet, 2-by-4 feet and 4-by-4 feet will go up where Atlanta’s neighborhood transit project crosses public rights of way. Here’s a photo gallery of the BeltLine sign painters at work.

This isn’t a project of the Georgia Department of Transportation, or even BeltLine organizers. It’s the idea of “BeltLine cheerleader” Angel Poventud, who cooked up the plan about a year ago when he realized just how much traffic crossed the BeltLine’s path. When the official channels took too long for his taste, he went to WonderRoot, a Reynoldstown-based community arts organization, for help.

WonderRoot leaders spent about $600 on supplies and gathered artists, activists, students and transit fans to make the signs. They hope to post them Tuesday night. Most of the signs don’t mention the word “BeltLine,” but organizers hope they’ll signal that something special is coming to that location.

“It’s pretty simple, pretty quick and grassroots,” Poventud said. “I don’t want to say ‘Let’s take the BeltLine back.’ It’s kind of nice to take part of it back, to say ‘Let us do this from the community.’”

Of course, because this is all to be unofficial signage held up by nails and plastic ties, it could come down pretty quickly at the hand of vandals or transportation officials.

Poventud’s take: “They’ll be taken down, not because they’re not supposed to be there, but because they’re badass.”

—Jamie Gumbrecht

10 comments Add your comment

Happy

June 29th, 2009
3:07 pm

Yet another complete waste of money brought to you by Shirley Franklin and her group of incompetents/lazy farts. This project will never turn a profit and will require the taxpayer to subsidize it, just as we do Marta.

The inmates are running the asylum.

Chris Koch

June 29th, 2009
5:08 pm

I don’t think that any public transit system in the nation makes a profit. No one expects them to operate at a profit.

rififi

June 29th, 2009
5:47 pm

@Happy: Thanks for taking this opportunity to slip in your thoughtful Beltline opinions. What kind of profit do you see those roads turning for us? And how do you think they’re paid for (hint: it starts with T, and it ain’t tolling)?

Richard

June 30th, 2009
8:16 am

I think this project illustrates a great movement I am seeing more and more in Atlanta. Citizens that see issues and want to do something about it! I applaud Angel, WonderRoot, Eyedrum, and all the volunteers who are using their energy to make Atlanta a better place. Thanks guys!

Happy

June 30th, 2009
9:21 am

Citizens see issues? WHAT? These so-called citizens have a low self-esteem if their identity is based on being a volunteer…sad sad sad.

“Oh woe is me, my life isnt worth crap unless I can volunteer and be a doo doo gooder…wwwaaaahhh…mommy.” *TEWWY*

Adam

June 30th, 2009
12:26 pm

Trolls anyone? Thanks Richard for keeping it positive and sane! It was a total blast helping with this, and Angel is da bomb!

Happy

June 30th, 2009
2:56 pm

Just another waste of taxpayer dollars. The inner city poverty remains due to political expediency and politicians, like Shirley, wanting to deflect the negative attention the so deserve.

Richard

July 2nd, 2009
7:30 am

@Happy I think you missed what I was saying. The issue is that citizens do not know where the beltline crosses their neighborhoods. The beltline is coming. This was, in my eyes, a great project in that a local activist, Angel, wanted to raise awareness of the beltline and did so with local community support. I am not sure what your problem with volunteering is, but it sounds like a personal issue. Good luck with that one.

As for the waste of Tax payer dollars. Why dont you do something about it. Instead of writing comment post why dont you campaign and build support like Angel and WonderRoot have done. Its far easier to sit at your computer and complain, its a whole other thing to actually do.

good luck with your issues,

Elvis Prez

July 8th, 2009
10:02 am

Happy lives in the burbs. Right Happy? Probably drives a Hummer,

[...] Eyedrum has been around in different Atlanta locations for more than 10 years, and offers a steadily long list of interesting visual art, music and film. It would be a blow to the community and arts entertainment scene for that to go away. You have to check out the calendar to get a sense of the variety, but here’s an example: last year, the AJC covered an exhibition there about The Great Speckled Bird, a long-ago Atlanta alternative newspaper. Last month, I wrote about how the space was used by artists and community members to create signs to post along the BeltLine. [...]