Archive for the ‘Sidewalk Talk’ Category


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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Rampart Construction Co, the firm building Trinity Triangle, has been given permission by the City Manager to extend work hours and to close two of three lanes of traffic for sanitary sewer work in Trinity Place. This work has now been scheduled for tonight, June 1, from 10PM-5AM.

Specifically, the work will involve connecting a sewer line to the existing manhole located in East Trinity Place near the intersection of E. Howard/E. Trinity.  It is expected that the work would take 1-2 nights maximum and that there will be no disruption in water or sewer services.

Additional Information about  this work:

  • DeKalb County Watershed Management has approved this work;
  • A ROW permit has been granted by DEC for this work  (Permit number 14464 dated 5/27/15 was issued to Cummins Enterprises);
  • Work will be covered by steel plates during non-working hours;
  • Prior written notice to property owners and tenants of adjacent and nearby properties is a requirement of this approval;
  • Prior notification to the Fire Department and Police Department is a condition of approval;
  • Signage is a condition of approval; and
  • At  least one flagger will be posted at either end of the construction site.

If there are any questions, please contact John Maximuk at 404-370-4104.

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The City of Decatur has issued a film permit to MGM Studios for a project titled “Barbershop 3″ this week.  The project will film at two locations in Decatur: on Ponce de Leon Court and at the chapel at Decatur First United Methodist Church.  Decatur police and private security will be present at both locations and we do not anticipate any road closures or traffic control needs. Filming is scheduled through Friday of this week.

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If you’ve spent some time on the square today or if you follow Downtown Decatur on Facebook, you already know about the new lawn furniture:



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Grab a book from a nearby Little Free Library and curl up on one of the new Adirondack chairs or just have a seat and enjoy some good people watching.

Yes, we know the chairs are not nailed down. That’s on purpose so they can be moved for festivals. So if you notice someone trying to take off with one of the chairs (which is not an easy feat because they’re not light), put a stop to it. Call them out or call the non-emergency Decatur police department number, 404-373-6551. Do the same if you see someone drawing on or tagging the chairs.

But most importantly of all, we want you to enjoy the chairs. Come out, get some vitamin D and enjoy the view!

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Commuter Dude

Last month, Residents of the Westchester neighborhood partnered with the City of Decatur to host the first large scale outreach event about traffic calming on February 4. This simple event brought together concerned community members and city staff to spread the word about traffic safety in the neighborhood surrounding Westchester Drive, Harold Byrd Drive, and Maediris Drive. Recently, traffic volume has increased as drivers use the neighborhood to avoid the signal at the Scott Boulevard and Clairemont intersection. Drivers are often not obeying speed limits and stop signs, increasing concerns among residents for general pedestrian safety and Safe Routes to School for nearby Westchester Elementary.

Commuter Dude from 11 Alive News attended and posted the story online.  If you have any questions about the event, please contact Lena Stevens, lena.stevens@decaturga.com, 678-553-6577.

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google fiber cupcakes

It’s official, Google Fiber is coming to metro Atlanta. Google will be working closely with Decatur and other local city leaders on the next steps to build a brand new fiber-optic network capable of delivering gigabit speeds.

“We are here because of the hard work, passion and commitment of the city and its leaders,” said Kevin Lo, Director of Business Operations for Google Fiber. “The next chapter of the Internet will be written at gigabit speeds.”

Google Fiber is an Internet and TV service that provides Internet speeds up to one gigabit per second, along with hundreds of HD TV channels. Google Fiber is currently available in Kansas City, Provo, Utah and Austin, Texas.

“The City of Decatur is thrilled to be one of the metro Atlanta cities that will get connected to Google Fiber,” said Mayor Jim Baskett. “We are a community of homes, schools and places of worship. And we know that Google Fiber’s incredibly fast internet will benefit our community greatly. The entire city looks forward to partnering with Google to make the process of installing Google Fiber as easy and seamless as possible.”

The next stage of work includes designing and planning a new fiber-optic network down to a very detailed level. After this process, which will take several months, Google Fiber will begin constructing the network.

For more information about this announcement, visit the Google Fiber blog.  You can also sign up here and be the first to get updates.

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FAQs from Google

Now that you’ve announced Google Fiber is coming, what happens next?

In order to make the construction of Google Fiber as smooth and speedy as possible, Google will be working with city leaders over the next several months to complete a detailed design of a fiber network — an important step before starting construction, since building a network from scratch is a “measure-twice-cut-once” type of project.

Do you have a date when Google Fiber will start service?

It will take some time before Google Fiber starts signups. In the next several months they will be working with city leaders to design the network. Once there is a detailed plan in place, they can begin initial construction.

You mentioned that the next step is “designing your network”. What does that entail, exactly?

Google Fiber needs to build thousands of miles of fiber throughout the city – but they can’t just put it wherever they want. They take all of the information submitted during the planning process to create a comprehensive plan for building their fiber network. The design helps enable Google Fiber to do construction more efficiently and smoothly once they get going. Some concrete steps they will take during this next phase:

  • Use the infrastructure data that the city has shared to create a map of where they can put fiber (e.g., existing utility poles, conduit) and areas to avoid (e.g., water, sewer and electric lines), as well as the most efficient sequence of construction within the city.
  • A team of surveyors and engineers hits the streets to fill in any missing details. You may see crews out doing detailed surveying work — lots of staring up at poles and even a bit of geological rock-testing.
  • They take this information back to the office and create detailed network design maps, do work with the city to locate network infrastructure and fiber huts, and start to prepare permitting packages.
  • Then they design the network, street by street.

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“Haul out the holly; Put up the tree before my spirit falls again. Fill up the stocking, I may be rushing things, but deck the halls again now.”

Tis the season in Decatur once again. Decorate your home or business in the spirit of the holidays in time for the annual Decorate Decatur contest. Judges will ride by the nominated locations on Sunday, Dec. 14th in order to pick their favorites. Winners will include homes, a business, a neighborhood, and an overall winner who will receive the coveted Commissioners Cup from the City Commission on Monday, Dec. 15th.

Send a photo of your favorite decorations to specialevents@decaturga.com or call 678-553-6573 to nominate your favorite homes or businesses. All of the winners will be announced on the City’s blog, www.thedecaturminute.com on Tuesday, Dec. 16th

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e howard closing

Construction at Trinity and E. Howard will begin in full on Monday, September 29.

Here is what travelers need to know:

  • E. Howard will be closed for bike-ped-car traffic including the PATH trail for an 18-24 month period starting this weekend.
  • In addition, there will be no sidewalk service on the south side of Trinity Street between Church Street and E. Howard Avenue.  For this reason, there will be no mid-block crossing on Trinity.

Alternate routes will be posted on the street this weekend. Here is a snapshot of those alternate routes:

  • The alternate PATH bike route will be on Church Street and Sycamore Street.
  • The alternate pedestrian routes for the E. Howard will be on Church Street and  E. College Street.

For more information, please contact the City of Decatur, Design, Environment & Construction Division at 678.553.6570.

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