Could the future be brightening for Auburn Avenue, Atlanta's most neglected tourist attraction? From an aesthetic standpoint, and possibly other standpoints, that seems to be the case. Central Atlanta Progress and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District are leading a two-pronged approach to sprucing up the imperiled but storied neighborhood, which just a couple of years ago landed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Endangered List. The boosters' plan has two components: The first is to repair, update and install new signs pointing out historicially and culturally significant places along Auburn Avenue. The second component is far more visual.
OPTION NO. 1
The avenue's mildly frightening underpass beneath The Connector is due for an art injection, and organizers are asking you to vote on one of three concepts. This facet of the project "is intended to improve the aesthetic quality of the existing bridge infrastructure and improve the pedestrian experience, while reflecting the history and culture of the surrounding community," according to CAP's website.
OPTION NO. 2
Design and engineering for the improvements is under way now, and installation is expected to begin late this year. See a favorite concept above? Weighing in is easy. Simply email your choice and/or other comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Voting closes Jan. 31.
[Auburn Avenue photo: cinnamontraveler.org]