For the first time since their resignation from the Atlanta Beltline Partnership board, Ryan Gravel and Nathaniel Smith are participating together in a discussion about equitable development.
“We will explore why Gravel and Smith believe that equitable development should be a high priority in our city and how we can get back on track to meet the needs of all our residents,” the event announcement says.
Hosted by the Center for Civic Innovation, the event will take place from 6 – 8:30 p.m. on November 1 at 115 Martin Luther King Jr Dr SW Suite 304.
Gravel is the urban planner who initially proposed the concept of the Beltline. Smith is the founder of the Partnership for Southern Equity, an Atlanta nonprofit working towards balanced growth and shared prosperity in the American South.
Both men resigned from the board on September 26, saying Beltline officials have not given enough attention to housing affordability along the 22-mile trail.
In an interview since then, Gravel has said he believes the issue can be improved, but that action needs to be taken soon.