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Are you interested in issues facing Decatur? Like the environment, mobility, or the cost of housing? How about diversity, local business, or education? Anything else? Once every decade, the Decatur community comes together to talk about the issues—like yours—we care about most. What emerges from the process is the Strategic Plan, a guide for setting our priorities, policies, and projects for the next 10 years. It’s now time to do it all again. Check it out online, register for the Roundtables, join us for the January 23 kick-off, and help shape the future you want to see. VISIT AND REGISTER TODAY: DECATUR2030.COM

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Thanks to the “Fuel Up to Play 60” leadership team for colorful hopscotch boards that they have created at four locations around the City.  The Fuel Up to Play 60 program is a collaboration between the NFL and the Dairy Association to encourage healthy, active lifestyles for kids.  They are holding a youth ambassador summit this week at Agnes Scott College with over 200 student leaders and educators from around the country.


Need a reminder about how to play hopscotch?  Here you go,

  1. Throw a small stone, twig, beanbag, or coin into the first square. (If it lands on a line, or outside the square, you lose your turn. Pass the marker to the following player and wait for your next turn.)
  2. Hop on one foot into the first empty square, and then every subsequent empty square. Be sure to skip the one your marker is on.
  3. At the pairs (4-5 and 7-8), jump with both feet.
  4. At 10, hop with both feet, turn around, and head back toward the start.
  5. When you reach the marked square again, pick up the marker — still on one foot! — and complete the course.
  6. If you finished without any mistakes, pass the marker to the next player. On your next turn, throw the marker to the next number.
  7. If you fall, jump outside the lines, or miss a square or the marker, you lose your turn and must repeat the same number on your next turn. Whoever reaches 10 first, wins.


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The City of Decatur hired Bartlett Tree Experts  to level out the tree grates along Sycamore Street on the Square. It has been over a decade since the trees were planted, which means a lot of compacted dirt and buckling tree grates.

For the past week, a team of tree experts has been cleaning out the tree wells, aerating the soil, pruning the tree roots, and leveling the ground before replacing the grates. All of the work will enhance the health of the existing trees, which have done well despite their urban environment.

To reduce the impact the work has on the nearby businesses, Bartlett is starting early in the morning and ending before 9 a.m. each day. Work should be complete by the end of this week.

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Something We Had to Go Through

This Is Something We Had To Go Through, the painted-steel-and-cast-iron sculpture created by James Davis, is now part of the city’s public art collection. The sculpture, which sits at the corner of Sycamore and Church streets, was part of Phase 1 of the Decatur Artway outdoor sculpture gallery. It will stay permanently in its current location.

The sculpture is a draw for residents, visitors and tourists. Photos of people passing through it appear regularly on Facebook and Instagram. Its purchase was a collaboration of the Decatur Arts Alliance, the Decatur Downtown Development Authority, the Decatur Tourism Bureau, and the City of Decatur Public Art Fund.

“This sculpture deals with personal thoughts and experiences derived from thinking about all the things a person has to go through in a lifetime,” James Davis, the artist, explained. “These things can be small or large, happy or sad, good or bad. Whatever the feeling may be, these are the things that direct you. Experiences make you who you are.

“The sculpture holds different meanings for each viewer. I created an actual passage that viewers could go through so they could experience the feeling of going through something difficult. Everyone has to go through things they don’t want to and those are all different for each person. The sculpture is a visual version of some of the things that I was afraid to go through.”

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Join the community on Sunday, April 23 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. for the dedication of the MARTA Mural and the KaBOOM! Playscape under the bridge.  The celebration will take place at the corner of W. Trinity & Atlanta Avenues under and around the MARTA Overpass and under the bridge.  We’ll have cookies and ice cream and a cool art project with the Milagros Collective.  Come join the fun!

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Milagros Collective, the artists chosen to design and paint the mural on the MARTA overpass at the corner of W. Trinity and Atlanta Avenues are back to finish painting the mural and to help with installation of the newly created Playspace underneath the bridge.

Felici Asteinza and Joey Fillastre (the artists that make up the Milagros Collective) will begin painting on Saturday, April 1 at 9 a.m.  They will paint each day from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. from April 1 – April 9.  West Trinity Avenue will be closed to through traffic near the overpass so that they will have safe access in order to paint the rest of the mural.

The following vehicles will be allowed to enter through the locations:  vehicles going and coming from 700 Atlanta Ave., vehicles going and coming to the Decatur Police Dept. or Decatur Municipal Court, delivery drivers for Trinity Walk, employees and visitors of the Task Force for Global Health.  Trinity Walk residents should enter and exit the complex via W. Trinity Place at Waters Street.

Thank you for your patience as we beautify this area and save the date of Sunday, April 23 for the dedication and celebration of the community mural and new playspace.  Celebration details to follow once they are confirmed.  In the meantime, feel free to walk by the location and watch the progress.





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What do Brush Sushi Izakaya, Kimball House, Billy Allin, Porchfest, Coco and Mischa, and Treehouse Kid & Craft all have in common?  All are winners in various categories for Atlanta Magazine‘s “Best of Atlanta” awards.


Here is a list of the winners and their categories:

Brush Sushi Izakaya – Yakitori

Kimball House – Oysters

Billy Allin – Restauranteur of the Year

Porchfest – Neighborhood Festival

Coco and Mischa – New Gift Boutique

Treehouse Kid & Craft – Kidstore


Click here to view the entire list of winners.

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We’ve launched a new website and communications program — dubbed “Extreme Makeover: Downtown Decatur Edition” — to keep residents informed and moving throughout an upcoming period of potentially disruptive construction projects.


Between streetscape overhauls, infrastructure repair, safety enhancements, and development projects, there’s a lot planned or in the works for the city’s downtown over the next 12 to 18 months. And much of it involves overlapping timelines, which amplifies the potential for inconvenience.

The new site is intended to give residents the tools they need to plan ahead and work their way around any disruptions.

From now until the list of planned projects is complete, DecaturMakeover.com will serve as the hub of a larger program to keep residents informed — offering timely, ongoing status updates, email and social media alerts, and overviews in the city’s Focus newsletter.

Included on the website:

Everyone is invited to visit the site and join the email list at www.decaturmakeover.com.

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oakhurstCMES, Inc. will be correcting punch list items in Oakhurst Village for the next couple of weeks. These include replacement of damaged  curbing, cracked sidewalks, ramps and similar improvements. On Friday, the parking lane on Oakview Road next to the Old Scottish Rite  property will be milled and repaved.

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Decatur Federal Savings & Loans was established in 1926 and opened its offices in the 250 E. Ponce de Leon Avenue building (pictured above) in 1962 . The parking garage still exists today, but it is hidden by the Renaissance condominium. Today, the Renaissance building’s storefronts line the street to make for a much more pleasant pedestrian experience.

To see what the 250 E. Ponce building looked like when it was first built in the 1960s, check out Next Stop’s post on the bank here.

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