Morning Metro: Rec Opens and Former Decatur Mayor Passes Away

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17 thoughts on “Morning Metro: Rec Opens and Former Decatur Mayor Passes Away”


  1. Great Job. Great space. Great name.

    Aside from having to tear up the field, I can’t wait until they get going on Ebster. I’ll actually miss watching games in that old school gym, but it really is time for an upgrade. I think it will be great to honor the history of that location by making it so much more inviting and usable by the community.

    It seems that people who have lived here for years are frequently unaware that it even exists as a rec facility. Large parts of it seem to sit unused/under utilized a lot of the time. Think of how much more awareness will be generated as people begin to use the space and learn more about the location!

  2. Having just traveled my home state via rail and used rail in LA and SF – Atlanta is pitiful and should be ashamed that the 1 penny tax didn’t pass.

  3. “Atlanta is pitiful and should be ashamed that the 1 penny tax didn’t pass.”

    It did pass in “Atlanta” (and in Decatur). Maybe it will get another chance without Atlanta being hogtied to Cherokee, Gwinnett, Fayette, etc. and their road expansion.

  4. Jack Hamilton was as influential a mayor of Decatur than most people realize. I’m sure that several building projects, including the 1965 Decatur High building, bears his name. A great man of his time is gone. So passes away the glory of yesterday.

  5. What will people say in five, ten or twenty years:
    “Hey man, wanna go to the Rec and shoot some hoop?” or
    “There is an interesting class being offered at the Bill called “Intro To Bonsai Nurturing. Should we attend or instead, go to the Korova for some Moloko?”
    What do I favor? May I offer a toast: “Here’s to the beautiful new and improved Rec. May she always be the destination for a Decatur boy (or girl), a ball, and a dream”.

  6. “What will people say in five, ten or twenty years:
    “Hey man, wanna go to the Rec and shoot some hoop?””

    I’m predicting an increase in hoop playing. It will coincide with the decline in football participation that will occur because of the mounting evidence of permanent brain damage resulting from the sport.

    1. Decatur is a basketball town and has been for a long time. Once in a blue moon you will see a pick-up football game at Winnona or Ebster, but pickup basketball is going on every day. At the Rec, Ebster Gym, outdoor courts, backyard courts you name it. Basketball is also the flagship sport at DHS and has been for a long time. The concussion thing just makes it worse for football.

  7. Had lunch at Lawrence’s cafe yesterday and it was very good. Best falafel I have ever eaten, good hummus and tabbouleh too. Friendly service and convenient parking near the doughnut store for dessert.

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