SAVE WEST DOWNTOWN: Pass CDO #1 and Create the W. Downtown Historic District

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Help us Save West Downtown Athens from unrestricted commercial development and demolition. Click here for the proposed map for CDO #1: the West Downtown Historic District, read the details below, then sign this petition to protect this critical local historic space. 

From Flagpole Magazine: "A long-delayed Athens-Clarke County Commission vote on a local historic district for the western end of downtown is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 17. [...] The portion of downtown west of Lumpkin street has a rich history as the center of Black commerce at the turn of the 20th Century, then as a hub for car sales and repairs as the automobile age began, and since the 1980s as the beating heart of the Athens music scene. Yet it was excluded from a local historic district created in 2006 that covers the older and grander buildings to the east of the Khaki Line, historically home to more upscale retailers than the largely blue-collar West End.

The West Downtown Historic District would be anchored by the Hot Corner at the intersection of Washington and Hull streets, home to the Morton Theatre, built by Monroe “Pink” Bowers in 1910 and restored by Athens-Clarke County in 1993 after it had fallen into disrepair. The Morton hosted vaudeville shows and legendary musicians like Cab Calloway, Blind Willie McTell and Bessie Smith and housed the offices of doctors, dentists, pharmacists, insurance agents and other Black professionals during segregation.

[...] As Historic Athens Executive Director Tommy Valentine points out, most, if not all, of the music venues downtown are in rehabilitated historic spaces. The 40 Watt Club was once a grocery store, and the Georgia Theatre started out as a YMCA. Recently, though, the music scene lost a landmark venue in Caledonia Lounge, which is located within the proposed district."

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