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Vote: Does Atlanta have one of the best ‘main streets’ in the U.S.?

October 5,2017

Source: Becca J.G. Godwin, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Do you think the Sweet Auburn neighborhood has one of the best “main streets” in the country — one that’s worthy of a $150,000 in preservation grant funding?

Then vote for it multiple times a day for the rest of the month.

A historic building on Auburn Avenue is one of 25 proposed projects for sites throughout the country. Cities including Seattle, Miami and Las Vegas are vying to preserve or improve theaters, parks, landmarks and other venues.

Sweet Auburn Works, located in what’s called the Bryant-Graves House, wants to turn the building into the district’s “information hub” for visitors to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. 

The nonprofit guides reinvestment in the district’s business and property development, according to a press release. 

Sweet Auburn is the only participating project in Georgia. 

People can cast five votes a day through Oct. 31. A free open house to discuss plans for the local project will be held Friday at the building, 522 Auburn Ave.

Sites with the most votes will each be awarded a share of $2 million. 

The program, called Partners in Preservation: Main Streets, is supported by American Express, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Main Street America.