Free-For-All Friday 2/17/17

Feel free to use this post to make comments and ask questions about local issues not yet discussed here over the past week.

27 thoughts on “Free-For-All Friday 2/17/17”


  1. Here is a situation I have been struggling with lately: If I am driving down a street in Decatur/Atlanta and cars are parked on the other side of the street, am I supposed to yield to oncoming traffic as they come onto my side of the street to get past the parked cars, or am I supposed to drive up onto the curb? I have had several people coming the other way give me a dirty look as they almost hit me like I am doing something wrong. I can’t get any closer to the curb.

    1. If the street is 28′ wide or greater with (marked and legal) on-street parking on one side, traffic in both directions should be able to operate normally with no one needing to yield or adjust.

      If it’s less than that, that’s what’s known as a negotiated yield street where the two cars coming towards each other are expected to work it out.

      If it’s a street with no actual on-street parking and there’s just someone stopped/parked in a place where they shouldn’t, traffic on that side of the street needs to yield to oncoming traffic when trying to get around it.

  2. I believe the cars with the obstruction on their side are supposed to yield until it’s clear to pass.

    1. Queen is right. I’ll confess I didn’t know the rule was this clear until I took a 2-hour behind-the-wheel refresher with one of the local driving schools (it had been 35 years since drivers’ ed).

      My instructor gave this additional tip: if the driver who’s supposed to yield does not, and you’ve got nowhere to go, simply stop–if the other driver hits your stopped vehicle then by definition it’s the other driver’s fault (but best to avoid that situation obviously).

    2. Just think of it this way. If the cars are parked on the right, and you are driving on the right, and there are cars coming the other way,the fact is, if you went around the parked cars while cars were approaching the other way, you are then driving on the wrong side of the road. Hence, if the parked or stopped cars are on the side you’re driving on, YOU yield to the traffic that is in the correct lane, and only when they’ve passed you, and it’s safe to do so, do you get into their lane to go around the cars.

      1. Yes, common sense, but it’s not practiced on Parkwood, where there’s always parked cars on the street. People careen past the parked cars in their lane as if entitled to the right-of-way.

  3. Big estate sale today, Sat & Sun. (Fri-Sat 9-5; Sun 11-4). 128 Vidal Blvd. After 25 years, we’re moving into a smaller place and are holding an estate sale this weekend. Furniture, linens, yard tools, electronics, collectibles, kitchenware, books, etc. Lots of nautical books: history, fiction, navigation & so on. Dining room table w/4 leaves. Chairs, tables & other pieces too. Come take a look; I think it will be worth your time!

  4. The Great Backyard Bird count begins today: http://gbbc.birdcount.org/

    From the site: “Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time.

    “Now, more than 160,000 people of all ages and walks of life worldwide join the four-day count each February to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds.

    “We invite you to participate! For at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count, February 17-20, 2017, simply tally the numbers and kinds of birds you see. You can count from any location, anywhere in the world, for as long as you wish!”

  5. marta is now looking at East Lake for new devekopment. They are again ignoring Kennsington where the parking area was originally built to hold a tad structure. We would welcome the development. It would not be like Brookhaven,

  6. Love, lust, lies and betrayal… Peach State Opera presents Puccini’s Tosca

    Peach State Opera will present Puccini’s Tosca on Sunday, February 26th at 3 p.m. at Georgia State University’s Perimeter College’s Cole Auditorium at 3735 Memorial College Avenue, Clarkston, GA 30021. As an artist affiliate of GSU Perimeter, the company produces condensed, family-friendly versions of classic operas in English. Puccini’s Queen of the Stage, Tosca, plays the ultimate role of her life in a dangerous attempt to save her rebel lover from the scheming Chief of Police, who stops at nothing to possess her. The triangle leads to a desperate and tumultuous conclusion, immersed in some of opera’s most passionate and masterful music. Arrive at 2:00 p.m. for a free informative talk by opera connoisseur, Carter Joseph. Total run time for the show is approximately 2hrs., 20 minutes. As part of their mission to include local high school and college choruses in their productions, this production will feature students from the Dekalb School for the Arts choral program under the direction of Jeffery Funderburk. Tickets are available at http://peachstateopera.org/ and at the door. Those interested in coming as a group should contact Nancy Martin to reserve at [email protected] . Groups of ten or more are admitted for $10 per ticket.

  7. The GoFundMe for the mother & daughter from Aleppo has surpassed its goal, but there are many refugee families in the area who have run out of their 90 days of meager gubmint assistance and are struggling.

    There is a growing Refugee Alliance of Decatur volunteers who raise money and work with/for families, and we have GoFundMe campaigns going for some of the ones with more pressing needs.

    Family with daughter with autism & CP: https://www.gofundme.com/snecp6-support-a-refugee-family-from-syria/

    Torture victim, pregnant wife, and children: https://www.gofundme.com/help-support-a-refugee-family

    Tailor and family needs help getting his business set up: https://www.gofundme.com/help-refugee-tailor-set-up-shop

    Isolated family needs help with high rent while they look for cheaper housing: https://www.gofundme.com/ClarkstonRefugeeFam

    Also needed: Inexpensive housing, jobs for non-English speakers, grocery/clothing gift cards, and driving instructors.

    Thank you.

  8. I was disappointed to receive notification today that Private Bank of Decatur/Buckhead has been bought by a national bank. Are there other locally owned banking options? Yes, I would consider a credit union. although I’d need to read up. Thanks for any recommendations.

    1. Delta Community CU is pretty local and has a branch by the CVS. Fidelity is somewhat local, actually legally headquartered in Norcross or somewhere up there.

      1. Fidelity originated in Decatur but is now headquartered in Buckhead. They started as a local bank, but I think I would call them “regional” now.

    2. Resurgens — they opened a branch at 315 W. Ponce just a few months ago. Their only other office (I think) is on Lavista.

    3. NBC is hardly a global banking icon; i doubt very seriously you’ll see much change in the local management or account level performance. It may even be better because of their scale. Before you switch, I’d suggest waiting a while to see what happens.

      In a massive does of irony, smaller banks have had more trouble dealing with the harsher federal regulatory burden, which -surprise! – the large global monsters are better equipped to navigate. So instead of making banking more local and more personal, which it badly needs, IMHO, federal meddling has made it more impersonal and more concentrated in the hands of large banks.

      leave it to the DC politicians….

      1. Thanks for that perspective. Still, NBC is a publicly traded entity (as National Commerce Corporation), and with regard to banking that’s enough for me to want to look elsewhere.

        1. Publicly traded companies are subject to more oversight than private corps. I wouldn’t use that as your primary factor when choosing a bank.

          1. And all banks are subject to the same regulations. However, I guess there is a point to having more localized decision-making.

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