Atlanta district tops endangered list

Atlanta’s Auburn Avenue commercial district, once the heart of the nation’s black business community, is lined with historic treasures such as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birth house – and also with crumbling, boarded-up buildings.

The (yep, way out thar), had a report on the Auburn Ave. commercial district. The National Trust for Historic Preservation has placed the area on it’s America’s 11 most endangered historic places list. (I looked at the list but, I didn’t see it on there specifically.) The article says, “…While thriving black-owned businesses from the 1920s to the 1950s earned the mile-and-a-half-long stretch the nickname “the richest Negro street in the world,” many middle-class and wealthy residents left after desegregation in the 1960s…”

Also, Greg Paxton, president of The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, added there’s a broad range of historic monuments across Georgia that need to be saved from being demolished.

The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation website

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