ATLANTA — Do toxins haunt Atlanta’s underpasses and sidewalks? Leaking materials can be hazardous to wildlife and people. It’s time to ask the necessary questions and clean up Atlanta’s underpasses and sidewalks.
This article’s photo shows the underside of the CSX train tracks bridge near the MARTA King Memorial Station.
Update — 4/2/2014 — MARTA stated on FaceBook that CSX, not MARTA, owns the train racks mentioned in this post.
Many underpass areas I have observed have some form of pollution, but the underpass off of Grant street is just frightening.
If you look at the pigeon population near facilities with pollution, a number of them have deformed feet, which leads me to wonder if they are being affected by chemicals that could be causing these deformities.
So, one burning question: what is leaking from underneath the tracks, and how toxic is it?
NOTE: This article was edited to reflect the results of a MARTA inquiry. CSX is alleged to be the owner of the tracks.