Auburn & Edgewood Avenues Commercial District / Sweet Auburn

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Edgewood Avenue after the 2008 tornado courtesy of Brandy Morrison

One of the oldest neighborhoods in the City of Atlanta, its historic significance is greatly enhanced by the fact that Dr. King was born, lived and preached here.

Sweet Auburn was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976 and the area is part of the city-designated Martin Luther King, Jr. Landmark District. Despite its historic significance, the district has had multiple demolitions in recent years from redevelopment, neglect, the expansion of Georgia State University and the tornado in 2008. The proposed Atlanta Streetcar will travel on these streets and could have a tremendous impact on the neighborhood.

In 1992 the National Trust for Historic Preservation recognized it as one of America's “Eleven Most Endangered Historic Places.” The Atlanta Preservation Center first placed the district on its Most Endangered Historic Places List in 2005. Following the APC, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation included the area in its 2006 list of Places in Peril. The Historic District Development Corporation (HDDC) was formed to turn the trend around, starting with houses surrounding the birth home of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and working outward.

Listed in 2011, 2009, 2005

Address: East of Downtown Atlanta, GA  30312
Area of City: East of Downtown
Time: Completed: 1900 - 1950's