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It’s been a long time since the city got word back in 2010 that it won an LCI grant to improve ped/bike facilities along North McDonough. But that’s how it goes with Federal and State dollars. Deputy Mayor Hugh Saxon was always very clear that it would take many years to work thru the red tape to get this project started.
But enduring all that red tape has paid off! All and all, the city has managed to find fed and state money that will pay for a little of two-thirds of the total cost of the $5.5 million project. No small feat.
But there’s no time to sit and gloat about our grant writing skills! To work!
Work has just begun on transforming the old up-down speed zone into a more pedestrian and bike friendly avenue.
How friendly? The Decatur Extreme Makeover website states that improvements include “reducing North McDonough to 2 vehicle lanes, wider sidewalks, and a 2-way “cycle track” on the west side of the street, along with traditional streetscape improvements and on-street parking. The project will also feature “green infrastructure” improvements to improve storm water quality.” (We’ve reported all this before, but they just summed it up so nicely.)
The project will also work to improve pedestrian accessibility and safety at the dreaded train track crossing. Additionally for the gasoline-addicted 🙂 “New traffic signals allowing protected left turns on all legs of the 2 crossings are to be installed as well.”
The city promises that the project will be noisy and inconvenient and will take between 12-18 months. But heck if it won’t be a whole lot purdier when all is said and done!
Dave at Little Shop of Stories – one of the true brainchildren behind DM’s one and only t-shirt slogan “Decatur: There’s a Festival For That!” – has a new creative branding campaign he’d like to launch: creating a new Decatur flag.
Over on the Little Blog of Stories, Dave writes that Decatur’s current logo, while familiar to many, doesn’t “distinguish our great city from any other.”, so it may not be the best option for a new flag. He believes that a well designed flag can unite, identify and be a lot of fun (especially if you’re Sheldon from Big Bang Theory).
He even lays out what can make a good flag, according to the North American Vexillological Association:
- It should be simple.
- Its design should have meaning.
- It should employ only a few colors. The fewer, the better.
- There should have no lettering.
- It should be distinctive.
To give an example, Dave looks to the city flag of Chicago, which is displayed all around the city in various fashion and has been adopted in many official and unofficial ways:
Simple, yet distinctive.
If you’re interested in this creative exercise and process, express it in the comments below and then send Dave an email [email protected] to get in on the action.
If there’s enough interest, he’s aiming for adoption of the flag by June 14, 2017 – Flag Day!
Flag examples courtesy of Little Blog of Stories
YEA! – which stands for “Young Emerging Artists” – is coming to Oakhurst’s Harmony Park this Saturday, September 24th from 12p-4p.
What is YEA!? I’m glad you asked. From the Decatur Arts Alliance website…
Returning for its fourth year, this wildly popular one-day arts event has been embraced by local students grades K-12 as a way to showcase their creativity and talent to the public. Shop at the juried outdoor artists market or enjoy live performances at a stage in Harmony Park at Oakhurst Village!
Tents lining the newly redesigned Harmony Park packed with student artists showing off a bounty of jewelry, paintings, photography, drawings, culinary delights, and handcrafted goods, all for sale.
On a stage in the center of the area is a nonstop line-up of high energy performances from wild-and-wooly rock combos to blues acts, singer-songwriters, soloists, and more.
“The quality of the applications for YEA! continues to amaze us. It’s exciting to see how much talent Decatur students possess,” says Angie Macon, executive director of the Decatur Arts Alliance. “We are so proud to provide a venue that connects our creative students with an arts loving public and get students to consider art as a career.”
The young artists gain practical experience in event organization, marketing, and sales of their art work.
Commerce Ave, Decatur GA (pic courtesy of DM)
Noticed this new sign hanging in the new Dairy Queen space in the Arlo building on East Trinity this morning.
Decaturish reported a couple of weeks ago that Dairy Queen should be open in about a month, so it looks like things are getting close!
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