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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.

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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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extrememakeover

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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Didn’t believe me in last week’s #TBT post when I said Downtown Decatur was mostly parking lots and car dealerships? Well, here’s proof. Cars, cars, and more cars. If you haven’t already guessed, you’re looking the intersection of West Ponce de Leon Avenue and Commerce Drive pre The Artisan, SunTrust/Chipotle, and CVS.

There’s a misconception that these parking spaces were eliminated when the land was developed. That’s not the case at all. Mixed use developments still contain the same amount of public parking spaces that they replaced, but they’re wrapped by a building and in a parking garage. This makes for a better looking downtown and a much better experience for pedestrians.

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City Water Fountains

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The weather forecast calls for cold temperatures starting Sunday night, which means the city’s public works department will be turning off the water fountains throughout the city. If there is an extended period of above freezing temperatures in the future, a handful of fountains will be turned back on until the next cold spell.

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Rampart Construction will remove the crane from The Arlo site on E. Trinity Place (across from Fire Station 1) Oct. 27-29. Traffic will be reduced to one lane, so try to avoid the area if possible. Pedestrian access to the PATH trail will not be affected.

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