Easter Egg Hunt or Child Riot? You Decide.

31 03 2009

As Decatur Mom and the Decatur Minute point out, this Saturday is the DBA’s annual Easter Egg Hunt on Decatur Square.  They both have all the details, so pay them a visit.

I, however, am momentarily entertained by this Decatur Minute pic from last year, which uncaptioned seems to document some kind of child riot on the Square.

Could this be from the Great Playground Walkout of 2008?

The Best Tourist Spots/Activities in Decatur

31 03 2009

Like most of Atlanta (sorry Atlanta), Decatur isn’t really much of a tourist destination (unless its a festival weekend.)   Its a city that caters to its residents (and zombies), not to out-of-towners looking for a fun-filled weekend of unspeakable, hedonistic joy.

That said, I’m sure many others have found themselves in a position similar to my own this past weekend.  (No, not drunk and broke on the casino floor – that was two weekends ago, I think.  Wait, what month is this?)

Let’s start over.

When family and friends come to visit, you want to show them a good time, cater to their interests, and also show off the city a bit.  But how best to do that?  What are your go-to Decatur spots and/or activities when guests are in town?

I need a go-to list of local spots for those days when I just can’t bring myself to suggest the High Museum again.

Agnes Scott’s Movie Misstep

31 03 2009

Late last year, after many Agnes Scott students and alumni revolted to the filming of raunchy Road Trip 2: Beer Pong, the school created an advisory board to approve all projects.

The AJC’s Jamie Gumbrecht (aka jamieg on Twitter) writes up the college’s recent soul searching about the types and messages of movies filmed on the college’s pictorial campus.

Fixing the Atlantic Station Model

30 03 2009

OK.  I admit in the past that I”ve spent a lot of time relieving developmental angst by railing against Atlantic Station. I sit here at the corner of Ponce and Smart-Growth Ave. and let the damning adjectives fly.  I mock.  I sarcaz.  I scoff.

But really, how does that help anything other than my blood pressure?

So this morning, after reading a very interesting op-ed over on Maria Saporta’s new blog “The Saporta Report” by the developer of Atlantic Station, Jim Jacoby, about the new “Aerotropolis” he plans to build on the site of the Ford Hapeville Plant, I’m taking a step back.  And instead of just cuing up a snarky rant, I’m going to attempt to be a bit more constructive.  (BTW, the Atlantic recently used Hapeville as a great, graphic example of how much $ it costs to dissemble an auto assembly line.  Highly recommend a look.)

If we must continue to endure these examples of “auto shrines cloaked in smart growth” metro-wide we might as well learn from our mistakes for the next time around, right?  So…the following are my specific gripes with Atlantic Station from a development perspective.  I don’t claim to have any background on how these things are make money.  This looks at the long term success of these projects, not the short.  Take them for what they’re worth…

1.  The near complete separation of residential and commercial/office is a tragic concept. Read the rest of this entry »

Hating Decatur

30 03 2009

…for being so awesome.

Creative Loafing’s Besha Rodell does a full review of Leon’s Full Service and determines that “Decatur gets what it deserves.”

Sage on Sycamore Folds?

30 03 2009

Back in December, we received word that Roy had left Sage and the “owner has given the employees who want to stay and Wayne the Chef 3 months to see if they can make it work.”

This morning, Rus reports that there’s brown paper up in the windows.  Also, I’ve noticed that the website has been taken down.  Has this long time Decatur staple closed for good?

Last year, January was the month of business closings.  This year it seems to be March.

Active Living Advisory Board Members Announced

30 03 2009

No lack of talent in this city.

Rus sends along the list of the selected board members for Decatur’s newly created Active Living Advisory Board.  I believe I heard that there were over 20 candidates for these eight positions.

Bill Adams, Chair – Real Estate, volunteer coach, youth sports

Sally Brozek  – registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator

Michael Harbin – software system development/maintenance, youth sports, high school booster club

Wendy Heaps, MPH – CDC, health/wellness program development for large business org., teen program volunteer

Mamie Jennings Mabery – Public Health Informaticist@CDC, personal fitness trainer,walker, runner, tennis player

Michael Pratt, MD,MPH,MSPE – Public Health Physician/CDC, Physical Activity and Health branch, Exercise Physiology

Don Rigger – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Volunteer Coach at Decatur Rec and High School

Parky Rogers  – Junior Achievement, Safe Routes to School/Injury Prevention, Decatur Cooperative Ministry

Miriam Vos, MD, MSPH – Pediatric Gastroenterologist/Emory University and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Bike Emory

McGowan’s Pub Coming to Oakhurst

30 03 2009

Bill at the Seen Gallery reports on future plans for his old space at Scottish Rite…

Well.. Well.. Well.. no surprise here. When we were told by PRI (Progressive Redevelopemnt Inc) in July that they were looking at taking the space that The Seen Gallery occupied in a new direction.. we can’t help but wonder if this is what they knew was on tap (pun intended).

Recently posted on www.palatewinebar.com:

McGowan’s Pub Coming Soon in 2009: new sister restaurant next door to Palate Café. Comfort food in a casual Oakhurst enclave meant to evoke the experience of a Sunday lunch or supper at home. Cozy and bright interior, accessible fare, 22 beers on draught, 100 beers in a bottle; neighborhood hangout and dining destination. Will be open 11am to 1am. Sign up for email updates on the Contact page for the latest news about McGowan’s Pub.

Gwen Ifill Rescheduled at Agnes Scott

28 03 2009

You may recall that PBS anchor/correspondent Gwen Ifill had to cancel a talk at Agnes Scott back in early February due to a death in the family.   Well now “grass is greener” sends along details for the rescheduled event…

Gwen Ifill

The Breakthrough – Politics and Race in the Age of Obama

Monday, April 20, 2009 – 7 p.m.  – Gaines Chapel, Presser Hall

This event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Tickets will be distributed at the door on the night of appearance only.

Enjoy An Evening at the Zoo, Send Kids To Camp Twin Lakes

28 03 2009


Meredith passes along info about the Camp Twin Lakes fundraiser, “Camp Dance 2009,” at Zoo Atlanta the evening of Saturday, April 25th.

Here’s how it works.  You pay $55 (in advance, $65 at the door) and get to enjoy the zoo after-hours at feeding time with a cocktail in hand.  Then you “Eat. Drink. Boogie” into the night.  It’s that simple.  And its all in support of helping send 110 kids with serious illnesses and other challenges to Camp Twin Lakes this summer.

Meredith also gives a little background on Twin Lakes and its connection to Decatur/DeKalb…

“In 2008, Camp Twin Lakes served 129 campers from DeKalb County, plus, I’m sure, hundreds of volunteers. With the opening in May of Camp Will-A-Way (in Fort Yargo State Park), we expect the number of campers and volunteers served from DeKalb to increase significantly. Last year, each camper’s fee for camp was subsidized about $385 (or 70%) — so that’s about $50,000 that went to kids from DeKalb, which was raised by people like you and me.”

The event is a Camp Twin Lakes’ Junior Board’s fundraiser and “a great way for folks in the 25-40 age range to contribute without breaking the bank (and have a really fun night out at the zoo as well).”

Buy your tickets here!