I hate to say this, but it is because of this that I want to, because I would hate even more to not voice the concern if there are others that feel similarly.
The FAQ for What makes a good Atlas Obscura place entry states that:
“Atlas Obscura place entries should have an element of the hidden and inspire a sense of awe and wonder—leaving you with an awestruck feeling of discovering something new.”
I feel as if there has been an uptick in “mundane” and already famous places appearing on the Atlas.
I understand that seemingly mundane places can have hidden or obscure elements and histories, and I do understand that what may be seen as obvious to some may be obscure and awesome to others but this only goes so far surely when the submitters are asked to avoid: ‘Places that are obviously in the “regular” tourist guides’ and ‘Mundane places that are not surprising or unique’.
I do not wish to name the submissions that stand out to me for fear of offending or dismissing the hard work they have taken to create, as they are well written, but there have been places submitted that are already very well known internationally and/or ordinary places with nothing unique or distinguishing about them.
If it is only me then please dismiss my concerns, for I will continue submitting places I feel fitting. I simply fear that the truly obscure, lesser known, and overlooked places will continue to go unnoticed and missed.