Edelson leads charge to improve Proctor Creek

Published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on September 4, 2015.

"Debra Edelson is fascinated by people interacting with a city.

It started growing up in Washington, D.C., where she spent many weekends walking the National Mall, and visiting the Smithsonian Institution, and watching marches through the nation’s capital. It continued in New York, where she got her degree in urban planning and held a post in Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s administration.

She worked for CSX Corp., leading redevelopment of the High Line, an unused 1.5-mile viaduct built 85 years years ago on Manhattan’s far West Side. It’s now Atlanta’s own overlooked west side where Edelson is once again trying to spark revitalization.

This past April she was named executive director of Emerald Corridor Foundation LLC, a group focused on restoring Atlanta’s Proctor Creek, which has its headwaters downtown not far from the Atlanta Falcons’ more than $1 billion stadium and flows for several miles into the Chattahoochee River. Proctor Creek makes up the largest watershed completely within the city."

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