Dark Depths: A Description of Underground Atlanta

Underground Atlanta is an underground mall near GSU’s Atlanta campus. At it’s opening, it was a major tourist attraction and many visited when they came to the city. Today, due to a lack of funding and loss of public interest, the space is often deserted.


Underground Atlanta is not easily visible from street level. To enter, one must go down an escalator or flights of steps. Once downstairs, the mall stretches for about two blocks. The main shape of the mall is one long hallway with shops lining the walls and kiosks lining the sides of the walkway.

The hallway is wider than one within a typical building, and acts more as a roadway for pedestrians. The ground is made of cobblestones, and the side of the path have sidewalks that separate the main walking space from the stores.

In small offshoots, there are rectangular slabs of marble that act as benches. Next to each of these is a metal plaque on a stand. These metal plaques contain historical facts about the space, its architects, and Atlanta in general. These offshoots are evenly spaced throughout all of Underground Atlanta.

Underground Atlanta has a noise that persists constantly. Upon listening, I was not able to place what the sound was. Below is a clip of the sound.

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