Atlanta Magazine Offers Correction on Decatur Real Estate Data

From the Atlanta Magazine website

*Department of Corrections

Readers have enjoyed our Real Estate issue—that is, except for citizens in the city of Decatur, who expressed their displeasure when they noticed that the depressed sales prices we listed for their area were representative of all Decatur addresses, not just the city as we had mistakenly indicated. We’re sorry for that error, and with the help of a Decatur real estate agent, Sean Dammann, and the City of Alpharetta (whose sales prices we’d also listed as representing solely the city), we have some new numbers to share.

In fact, the city of Decatur’s citizens have reason to be proud. Median sales prices have held relatively steady over the past three years, dropping by only 0.6 percent since 2007 to around $350,000 (although the number of homes sold in the city was down 29.6 percent in 2009 to 178). Dammann culled his numbers from the Sandy Springs–based First Multiple Listing Service (FMLS).

Need a recap of the original issue?  CLICK HERE.

Hat-tip to the city’s Linda Harris over on the Decatur Minute who also notes that the magazine will post a correction in its June issue.

P.S.  While you’re over on the Atlanta Magazine website, you may also want to check out why Andisheh is in dire need of a marine biologist.

Erin Wheeler Named New Principal of Clairemont Elementary

As noted by JC in a recent comment.  From the City Schools of Decatur website

First Christain “Spring Carnival in the Park” This Saturday

Laura writes in…

This Saturday! Spring Carnival in the Park: Everyone Invited

Nelson Ferry and Ponce de Leon, Decatur

Saturday, May 15, 2010 10am – 3pm

The First Christian Church of Decatur will host its annual Spring Carnival at the church park. There will be great food, fun, and fellowship for the entire family! Activities include: 2 moonwalks, a dunking tank, cake walks, kids’s games and crafts, face painting, a clown, and raffle prizes from your favorite Decatur businesses such as Brick Store Pub, Leon’s, Fleet Feet, Mellow Mushroom, 17 Steps, and much more.

Don’t have young children? Come anyway and enjoy the park and festivities, or lend a hand to help make this Carnival a huge success. Proceeds from the Spring Carnival are used to support the park, the church, and local community ministries. For more information, contact Laura Andrew, [email protected] or 404-378-2310.

Marietta Cancels “Concerts On the Square”

The AJC reports that Marietta has canceled its decade-long tradition of daytime “Concerts on the Square”.  Why?

…few of the city and county employees headquartered just blocks away ever showed up with store-bought fare. In their place came moms toting dancing toddlers, said Mike Gabler, a city parks official.

“It rapidly turned into a moms’ day out type of thing,” he said.

Businesses complained about the parking spaces lost to the concert.

…Stores and restaurants initially embraced the idea, thinking it would boost their bottom line. But it didn’t turn out that way.

Decatur Book Festival To Host Author Bruce Feiler – May 25th

From a DBF press release…

“The Council of Dads” Tells the Story of the Author’s Plans For His Children After A Cancer Diagnosis

May 7, 2010 (Decatur) —Bruce Feiler, the best-selling author of “The Council of Dads,” will speak at 7 p.m. May 25 at Presser Hall at Agnes Scott College in an event presented by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival (AJC DBF), and sponsored by DeKalb Medical.

Hosted by Agnes Scott College and the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, Feiler will be in town days after the publication of his latest book and an appearance on the Today Show.

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Free-For-All Friday 5/14/10

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