Tell Integral & GSU: Don't Demolish the Atlanta Daily World Building
  • Petitioned Integral Group

This petition was delivered to:

President and CEO, Egbert Perry
Integral Group

Tell Integral & GSU: Don't Demolish the Atlanta Daily World Building

    1. Historic District Development Corporation .
    2. Petition by

      Historic District Development Corporation .

      Atlanta, GA

OUTCOME: On March 28th, 2012, the Atlanta Urban Design Commission voted unanimously (9-0) to deny the application for demolition of the Atlanta Daily World building. Thank you for your resounding support to preserve Atlanta's history! News coverage of the AUDC decision is below:

Channel 2 News Story

AJC Article

East Atlanta Patch Article


UPDATE #1: We will be presenting this petition to the Atlanta Urban Design Commission - the entity that will approve or deny the demolition application - on MARCH 28th. Please sign the petition and distribute to your networks. Thank you for your support!

UPDATE #2: Integral and the publisher of the Atlanta Daily World recently released a statement claiming they intend to save the building facade. However, the site plan in Integral's demolition application shows only 5 feet of the original building would remain in most places. This amounts to a token gesture toward preserving this important structure and we are steadfast in our opposition to this demolition application.


An application has been filed by the Integral Group to demolish the historic Atlanta Daily World building on Auburn Avenue to make way for new Georgia State University student housing. Built in 1930, this building was the long-term headquarters of the first successful African-American daily newspaper in the United States.

GSU is expanding into the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic District and the Integral Group is developing this project to meet their increased demand for housing. This project will set the tone for how private development for GSU students treats the irreplaceable historic resources in our community.

If the Atlanta Daily World and other historic buildings are demolished on Auburn Avenue, what will be left of its cultural significance?

There are plenty of models for how private developers and universities can expand while respecting the community's urban fabric (SCAD, NYU). Please join us in telling Integral Group to do the right thing and become a part of our neighborhood, not to replace it with GSU's campus.



Channel 2 News Video

Op-ed in the AJC by the Chair of HDDC's Board of Directors

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Article

East Atlanta Patch Article

Creative Loafing Article

Saporta Report Article

2004 Creative Loafing Article RE: Integral's Demolition of the Palamont Motel

Letter from the Atlanta Preservation Center

Recent signatures


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    Reasons for signing

    • Chrystin Pleasants DALLAS, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      GSU is my alma mater and as a graduate of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies (formerly the College of Urban Affairs) I expect GSU to do better than others at recocnizing the historical importance of the urban environment.

    • Daniel Fleming ENMORE, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      I am a PhD student studying the memory of the civil rights movement and anything to do with the movement ought to be saved. Plus, too much of Auburn Avenue has been destroyed and the remaining links to its past must be preserved. It will be much more valuable to future generations and to the university itself. I am shocked that the university wants to destroy such an iconic piece of history.

    • Kenneth F Williams jr ATLANTA, GA
      • over 2 years ago

      To save Black neighborhoods, their being taken over in the whole country.

      • over 2 years ago

      We MUST preserve our historic black treasures.

    • Doug Purcell EUFAULA, AL
      • over 2 years ago

      Oppose demolition of the Atlanta Daily World Building


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