A man sits outside the Prince Hall Masonic Temple and Tabor Building along Auburn Avenue that once housed America's first black owned and operated radio station, June 6, 2012, in Atlanta. Hundreds of thousands of people still flock to Auburn Avenue to see Martin Luther King's birth home, the church where he preached and the crypt where he and his wife, Coretta, are buried. But they have little reason to linger. Today, Auburn Avenue is a shell of its former self, the bustling mix of banks, night clubs, churches and markets long gone, replaced with crumbling facades and cracked sidewalks.
Though crowded with American history, Atlanta’s Auburn Avenue attracts few visitors beyond the key landmarks in the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Last week the street was placed on the National Register of Historic Places’ 11 Most Endangered list for the second time since 1992. Associated Press photographer David Goldman documents what the neighborhood is like today.