Atlanta's Beltline breaks ground

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta officials broke ground on the first park to be built as part of the city's ambitious Beltline project.

Some feared the financial crisis would delay the project, which plans to convert unused railroad tracks into a 22-mile loop of transit, trails and parks.

But officials at Wednesday's groundbreaking were quick to say the project is moving forward.

Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin said the Beltline will always face challenges, "but these elements are moving forward."

The project's organizers will try to sell about $120 million in bonds next week. And Georgia voters will be asked in November if school tax revenues can be used to help fund redevelopment projects. Those subsidies are crucial to the Beltline.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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