A row of neglected commercial buildings on Auburn Street in the historic district of Atlanta, Georgia, could soon disappear, the National Trust warned.
Civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., was born in the district, once known "as the richest negro street in the world," according to the National Trust. In decline since the 1980s, the district was featured in the Trust's list once before, in 1992.
"Without a preservation-focused revitalization plan, deterioration and inappropriate development may gravely impact its historic character," according to the National Trust website.
In addition to specific landmarks, this year's list includes two broad categories: U.S. post offices and Texas's historic courthouses.
Last year, the struggling U.S. Postal Service identified nearly 4,400 post offices that may be at risk of shutting their doors. By highlighting post offices, the National Trust hopes it will spur the U.S. Postal Service and other federal agencies to develop "a consistent, sensitive, and transparent process" for protecting historic buildings that are targeted for closure.
And Texas's courthouses, built in a variety of styles, from Romanesque to art deco, feature some of the finest works of public architecture in the state—and even the nation, according to the Trust. But many of the 244 county-owned courthouses have fallen into disrepair due to inadequate funding and maintenance.
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