3/15: Redevelopment vs. preservation

Moderated by Rick Badie

Sweet Auburn Avenue, once dubbed the “richest Negro street in the world,” is home to landmark structures such as the original home of the Atlanta Daily World at 145 Auburn Ave.

Reports that the tornado-damaged old newspaper building might be partially demolished raised concerns about the economics of redevelopment versus historic preservation, our theme for today. Read one commentary coauthored by Valerie Edwards, executive vice president of Integral Group, and Alexis Scott, president and CEO of the Atlanta Daily World; and another by Mtamanika Youngblood, executive with the Historic Development District Corp. Then tell us what you think.

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March 15th, 2012
12:09 pm

So it goes, if the masses decide your property (creative, real or knowledge) is more valuable to society, then they will diminish your rights as owner. Democracy at its worst.

Elizabeth Hartley Filliat

March 15th, 2012
9:27 am

I support preserving the original building of the Atlanta Daily World. Auburn Avenue represents two values which I hold most dear: Nonviolence as a principle to defeat injustice and Freedom of the Press to keep truth known. One could argue, by analogy, that churches, synagogues, and mosques are not needed in order to worship God, yet each, in its own way, inspires congregants who enter to their higher instincts. Likewise, historical architecture inspires all who enter as to its raison d’etre. A college dormitory may be valued for a few decades, but the original Atlanta Daily World building will be valued, for what it has represented, for generations, if not for centuries. It must be preserved.

Hillbilly D

March 14th, 2012
10:00 pm

Tear it down, pave it over and forget about it has pretty much been the Atlanta way for the last 50-60 years. That will probably happen this time, too.


March 14th, 2012
8:12 pm

While I do actually understand the significance of the Atlanta Daily World I question how much of that legacy is associated with a building. It would seem like appropriate redevelopment would do more for the area than preserving a dilapidated building. A better use of historic preservation funds would be to create a museum focused on African American and Alternative journalism somewhere on Auburn Avenue. This could be done in partnership with Georgia State and include other papers like the Great Speckled Bird.


March 14th, 2012
6:13 pm

Georgia State University needs more student living quarters. The entire street of Auburn Ave will eventually be part of that campus. All they need to do is wait another 5-10years or so and this opposition will not be relevant any longer. The promise of a few Board seats will insure it will happen sooner than later.