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Cathy Woolard

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“I went back to my office-all frustrated-and there was an envelope in my mail from Ryan Gravel.”

As visitors to Atlanta’s BeltLine continue to enjoy parts of what will eventually be a 22-mile path connecting 45 historic neighborhoods, they should be ever thankful for former City Council President Cathy Woolard’s frustrating afternoon.

The then-new councilperson was assigned to chair transportation and called a special meeting of regional transportation agencies to see what plans they had. It was a short – and frustrating – meeting.

Walking back into her office, Cathy grabbed an envelope protruding from her stack of mail. It was from Ryan Gravel, outlining his breakthrough concept. She picked it up – literally and figuratively – and championed its cause.

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