There’s a bunch of new signs popping up around town. Or maybe not new, but new to me and to DM. And that counts. Here are some notables.
When One Decatur Town Center was built in 1984, replacing the former Candler Hotel, downtown was pretty darn dead. Unless you count the hookers, that is. Or so I’ve been told. Either way, while the city’s vision called for development that would contribute to a new “Main Street” lined with shops and restaurants, the market economics of the day said, “no.” So, the building was built in such a way that the ground floor could be leased for office space until such time that the retail market improved, upon which the space could be retrofitted to assume its intended use. 25+ years later, we might finally be there.
At least that’s what’s suggested by this first picture. Any of our regular insiders know more? My personal assessment is that such a conversion would add even more interest to this stretch of Ponce, which has already assumed the role of one of our most charming downtown blocks. And there’s certainly historic precedent, such as the retail space that originally occupied the ground floor of the Pythagoras Mason Temple Building.
New, Short-Lived Name for Holiday Inn
As DM mentioned previously here, downtown’s Holiday Inn will now be officially known as the Decatur Hotel until such time that their Courtyard by Marriott conversion is complete.
According to May’s Decatur Focus, the new owners planned to “drop the Holiday Inn brand immediately,” and I suppose this is evidence of that effort. However, those in the branding biz, as well as every other human being on earth, may still note some, errrr, lingering similarities to the Holiday Inn brand.
Oh, you changed the “H” to a “D”? Well, then. Nevermind!
Intelligent Parking Solutions
This is not a new story but I don’t recall seeing these signs at Farm Burger until recently. This may be because they’re new but more than likely I just missed them in the past because my eyes were clouded by visions of grass-fed ground beef.
Regardless, I like it because it’s a nice reminder — especially as Decatur’s Task Force moves forward with zoning reform — that our goal should always be accommodation rather than rote adherence to sprawl-generating ordinances. You need not force X number of parking spaces onto a site. You simply need to accommodate parking for X number of cars. Shared parking accomplishes this, providing us the establishments we love without the need to needlessly consume more land for temporary car storage.