Free-For-All Friday 4/27/18

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

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  1. What are they running under the sidewalk on Clairemont just north of Michigan? One of the workers yesterday said “fiber”. Is Google Fiber back from the dead?

      1. I believe it’s shown in one of the renderings. It’ll be next to the movie theater. Also, I’ve been asked what the difference between a food hall and food court is. I assume calling it a “food hall” means the sandwiches will cost $20.

        1. The difference is typically the tenant mix. Food courts are typically chains and mass market menu items; food halls are generally indies, specialty foods, etc. There’s definitely a price differential, as you note, but it’s not arbitrary. Unless you consider a sandwich from Blimpie and a sandwich from Fred’s Meat and Bread to be the same, as I’m sure some people do.

    1. What about the community garden and abandoned properties (indian jewelry store, seamtress, barbershop, salon, bank) on the side streets off North Druid Hills Rd?

  2. Does anyone know if the Decatur Electronics Recycling event tomorrow accepts fluorescent tube bulbs?

    1. I don’t believe that the Decatur event does, but I’m almost certain that Batteries + Bulbs at Shamrock Plaza recycles fluorescent tubes.

  3. Hello Decatur Metro World!
    Last Thursday, I was invited to speak to Ms. Garry’s 8th grade classes on the Decatur/DeKalb Confederate Memorial. Ms. Dixon, the secretary, warmly greeted me as I walked into the front office (I believe Ms. Dixon was a student at DHS at one time). I was escorted to class by a student and after a brief personal introduction, the students asked me a wide range of questions about the Decatur memorial, Stone Mountain, and statues dedicated to individual leaders like Lee, Forest, Hood and Brown. Most of the questions reflected a removal sentiment but all of the students were respectful and seemed interested (and no one asked me if I was a Neo Nazi or worse, “Why are you so boring?”). The new Renfroe principal Mr. Wiseman stopped by and I later met two RMS employees, Mr. Toombs and Ms. Frazier in the hallway. Mr. Toombs, from the legendary Toombs of Oakhurst family (great athletes at Decatur High), helped me coach track at Decatur in 1978 when the DHS 400 meter relay team had the second fastest time in the state. Ms. Frazier was a student in my class back in the day as well as her son years later.
    It was a great experience for me. I was impressed with RMS. Students were in their classrooms and teachers were doing what some of us expect, standing in front of students and “teaching”. The halls were clean and I saw administrators, including Mr. Wiseman, roaming around (always a good sign). I felt secure with so many adults in charge.
    Before leaving, I told the students that “My hope for all of you is to become the Uncomman Graduate of the Class of 2018. God Bless You and God Bless the United States of America. Have a great rest of the year and good luck at DHS.”
    Walking back to my office across from the Rec, I was stopped by the train. That was always a pretty good excuse for Coach Anderson at DHS. I wonder if students still use it to avoid detention.
    I ran into Ms Linda Spadachini, one of the great veteran teachers at Decatur High, in front of the gym. Somewhere during our pleasant conversation I asked her what she was doing. “I’m the sponsor of the DHS Walking Club. You remember, it’s Thursday and the kids meet during the school day for clubs. These are the kids that didn’t feel like walking…”
    Walking Club? Didn’t want to walk?
    Still smiling.

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