Mayor Floyd Responds To Talk of Gubernatorial Run

Straight from the mayor…

I have been thinking about this for a long time, but there is a big difference between thinking about it and actually doing it. It is a big commitment and takes a lot of $$, but as we watch our legislature and state leaders at work, it continues to come up in conversations with others. This state has some major problems and at times it seems the least of them is money.

Bottom line? Sounds like it could happen.

MAK District Lecture Tomorrow at Noon

Scott Leith forwards this note…

On Tuesday, March 24, the DeKalb History Center is hosting a lecture on Decatur’s MAK Historic District. Guest speaker Scott Leith will describe how this south Decatur neighborhood has stood at the intersection of many key events and transitional eras. The lecture will include a look at the late Leila Ross Wilburn, a groundbreaking architect and a longtime resident of MAK. The event will examine MAK’s connections to Agnes Scott College, from the benefits provided by the school to major challenges that, at times, threatened many homes in MAK. Finally, the lecture will look at the impact of desegregation, white flight and, in later years, gentrification and the creation of a historic district.

The March 24 event is free and starts at noon at the DeKalb History Center, inside the old DeKalb County Courthouse.

Biscuits & Politics

Decaturite and AJC food critic John Kessler writes the sordid and complex history of Thumbs Up and Crescent Moon…and Thumbs Up restaurant over in Access Atlanta this morning.

Not that you need reminding, but when Crescent Moon blew up last year, DM inadvertantly became a clearinghouse of info and debate, thanks to frequent postings by wait staff like Looney Mooney and MyFavoriteWaitress, who eventually went on strike.  Hope they are much happier today!

Mayor Floyd Contemplating Run For Governor?

Some days this blog just writes itself…

John forwards a link to the “My Two Cents” blog, which claims that Decatur mayor Bill Floyd is considering a run for governor – and then goes on to tout his experience and ability.

John says that the author, Jerry Eickoff, is a “Decatur local and a good friend of Mayor Bill Floyd’s”.

If true, this is big news indeed.  We’ll have to see how this story plays out.

E. College Annexation Effort Goes Before Delegation Tomorrow

The AJC’s April Hunt reports that Decatur and Avondale’s effort to annex the retail strip along beautiful E. College Ave will go before the county delegation tomorrow.

According to Hunt, Avondale has failed twice in the past to get the necessary 10 signatures, due in large part to opposition by property owners in the area.

Avondale wants to annex 22 parcels, while Decatur wants 10.  Neither small land grab will do much to help contribute to city coffers, but it is certainly in both cities’ interest to clean up this strip.

Decatur Rolls Out "Agricultural Initiative"

During the keynote address at the Georgia Organics Conference this past weekend, the city of Decatur, Agnes Scott, the DBA, the Oakhurst Community Garden, and Georgia Organics officially announced the city’s “agricultural initiative.”

I followed up with city manager Peggy Merriss and she sent along this note/release.  From the sound of it, “urban farming” is just the tip of the iceberg.

On Saturday March 21st, at the Georgia Organics 12th Annual Conference & Trade Show, Decatur City Manager Peggy Merriss, along with Agnes Scott College’s Director of Sustainability Susan Kidd and Georgia Organics Executive Director Alice Rolls announced the creation of the Decatur Agricultural Initiative (DAI) designed to bring together community partners around the issue of growing food locally. The Initiative currently involves Agnes Scott College, the City of Decatur, City Schools of Decatur, Decatur Business Association, Georgia Organics and the Oakhurst Community Garden.

Among the first tasks that the group will undertake will be the creation of a Master Plan that will identify existing community-based efforts into one unified plan.

The partners intend to take a comprehensive approach resulting in providing a variety of agricultural products, including food, which would be available through local producers and markets.

Examples of some possible outcomes might include: stronger community support for farmers markets, co-operative purchase of environmentally sensitive products, education programs designed for children and youth to be able to plant and support their own gardens, and more.

The possibilities are exciting and all of the partners are looking forward to working together on this brand new DAI in Decatur. “

Decatur's Wolf Camera Closed

Carl reports on Twitter that the Wolf Camera in the CVS parking lot has closed.

That’s two valuable retail locations along Ponce – the store itself, and the space behind it that’s “blacked off” to the street.

Let’s hope both fill in quickly.

I predicted this (kinda) exactly one month ago.