South Downtown, Underground Atlanta
While the sale of downtown Atlanta?s 12-acre retail shopping mall-meets-bizarro-tourist attraction officially closed in 2017, development has yet to begin on the streets beneath the city streets. Other than the live music venue Masquerade ? with its Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory stages ? opening under a separate deal in the adjacent Kenny?s Alley, the storefronts are dark and the streets deserted where once was a bustling, though uneven nightlife district. A revamp of the 12-acre site could help revitalize South Downtown, an area destined for great things before the closing of both the Mammal Gallery and Eyedrum due to city building-code problems. The area south of Marietta Street had a chance to become a vibrant community once again. Now, that opportunity will, to a large degree, hinge on Underground?s redevelopment.