The Georgia Trust

2013 PLACES IN PERIL: SWEET AUBURN COMMERCIAL DISTRICT

THE STORY
The birthplace of the Civil Rights movement, Sweet Auburn was once a thriving community that exemplified African American success in the South. Its businesses, congregations and social organizations provided a refuge for many black Atlantans.

THE THREAT
Though recent rehabilitation efforts in adjacent residential neighborhoods have been successful, the effect of hard economic times has continued to plague the commercial district, leaving many significant buildings vacant and vulnerable to demolition or incompatible redevelopment.

THE STRATEGY
After being added to the National Trust for Historic Preservation's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list in 1992 and The Georgia Trust's Places in Peril list in 2006, both organizations re-listed Sweet Auburn in 2012 and have agreed to work with the City of Atlanta and the Historic District Development Committee to revitalize the Sweet Auburn Commercial District.


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