This story should be of no surprise to anyone who has ventured into the "King Compound" (The Sweet Auburn area" of downtown Atlanta).
While the massive renovation and construction that took place a few years ago with the venture between 'Big Bethel AME" and "Bank Of America" razed a few of the old buildings and produced a few condos and street level retail/ dining - there are several other buildings that are in a state of disrepair.
The erosion is a symptom not "the" problem.
The real problem is that the area and its building-space is underutlilzed and needs to be rechristened into a new purpose.
From The AJC Article:
The National Trust for Historic Preservation on Wednesday named Atlanta's Sweet Auburn district to its list of most endangered historic places.The list spotlights historic sites that are in risk of destruction or damage. The Sweet Auburn district is considered endangered due to the number of buildings in danger of being torn down or at risk due to neglect.
"The Sweet Auburn Historic District continues to be in need of a preservation-focused commercial revitalization plan to avert deterioration and inappropriate development that will gravely impact its historic character," the National Trust said in a statement before Wednesday's announcement.