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Revised Auburn Ave. plan not ideal solution

Published on: 07/11/04

It's better, but it's not good enough.

The Integral Group, working with the Big Bethel AME Church, has revised its development plans for Auburn Avenue so that portions of three historic buildings will be incorporated into its project.

But its development plan still falls short of the best possible solution for the block.

Auburn Avenue is not only a critical part of Atlanta's history, it is nationally significant as the Main Street of African-American businesses in the days of segregation. And Auburn Avenue was ground zero for the civil rights movement in America.

That's why whatever development occurs on the block must respect the historic integrity of the district. Unfortunately, many of the buildings on Auburn Avenue have been torn down

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Wow. It is typical Atlanta, lets raze everything old so we can put up new buildings that are old-style! Like razing the been-there-since the 50's KK on Ponce so they could put up one that looked more "retro", that is, it looked like the idealized version of the 50's from people in the 90's.

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I'm all for redevelopment and urban infill, but this project looks to be to large and out of scale for Auburn Avenue. Although it wouldn't make as much profit for the developer, the best thing for Auburn Ave would be to preserve whats left and build correctly scaled infill development on lots where buildings have been altered.

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Some of the buildings are being preserved and included in the development, several more will have their facade kept - the rest are already falling apart - the moter inn for example.

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