Excellent piece of journalism! My grandfather worked for sears in the 20's as a regional manager for the southeast and had something to do with the development and construction of this building, to what actual degree i'm not sure.
Question though: what is the city "planning" to do with it now that they vacated it? Have they already sold it or just hoping someone will one day? The building doesn't look like it will be able to withstand much more neglect...
Looking forward to your follow-up story!
Creative Loafing Atlanta
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