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Mayor Looking At New Ideas For The Underground

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ATLANTA (AP) — The Underground Atlanta attraction has seen its share of ups and downs. Now city leaders are searching for ways to prevent the struggling property from becoming a drag on Atlanta’s economy.

The attraction opened four decades ago and was once a hopping night spot. It closed in 1980 amid a crime wave, only to reopen nine years later as a shopping hub. Now it’s struggling to find an identity.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and developer Dan O’Leary, whose team operates the 12-acre complex, are developing ways to revitalize the attraction.

Reed says he’s in talks with two retailers to serve as anchor tenants and that he wants the city to reduce its $8.1 million annual subsidy to Underground.

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