- MARTA considers parking lot produce stands in neighborhoods lacking groceries [WABE]
- Superintendent Edwards still uncertain about McKain replacement [AJC]
- Residents trying to save Atlanta’s oldest continuously operated fire station in Virginia Highlands [VH Fire Company]
- No Living Walls conference for 2015 [CL]
- Only 10 days left to renew Decatur business license [Decatur Tax Blog]
- Notes concerning the objects on my front porch [Bitter Southerner]
Photo courtesy of Virginia Highlands Tour website
You may recall the poorly titled post from earlier this month, “Decatur Will Vote To Specifically Allow Pygmy Goats and Pot-Bellied Pigs This Month“. In it, we reported the City Commission would vote on clarifications this month to the city’s animal ordinance that would allow up to two pygmy goats and/or pot-bellied pigs on Decatur property.
Well, the last Commission meeting of Jan 2014 is now past us and not a word has been spoken from behind the commission desk about our four-legged friends.
Decatur Planning Director Amanda Thompson tell us that “City staff has delayed consideration of the Animal Ordinance to consolidate definitions between Article I and Article II of Chapter 14 Animals.” She anticipates it will return to the agenda sometime this Spring.
In case you’re curious, Article 14 Chapter 1 in the city ordinances deals with establishing laws about “Animals”. Topics include things like – no keeping hogs and pigs, rules about having livestock (hint you need 2+ acres to even entertain the idea), and details on keeping chickens, ducks, rabbits, etc. Article II deals with Animal Control – items that outlaw training animals for fighting or abusing animals, to laws keeping animals on a restraint and making sure you have a permit from the Police Dept for your wild animal.
Photo courtesy of picbot via Flickr
MM: Decatur Parents Rally for Special Ed, Is the Streetcar Good for Commuters?, and the Most Polarizing Animal in the WestDecatur Metro | January 21, 2015 | 12:01 pm
- Decatur parents rally for exceptional education expansion [Neighborhood Newspapers]
- The Atlanta Streetcar is good for tourists. What about regular commuters? [Atlanta Magazine]
- 2015 Legislative Preview [CL]
- Supporters of proposed city of Tucker updating economic report [Decaturish]
- La Madeleine NOT coming to Emory Point [TNT]
- Wolflandia: The Fight Over the Most Polarizing Animal in the West [Outside]
Photo courtesy of Robert
UPDATE: Decatur Mayor Jim Baskett tells us he wants to hear what CEO May has to say in the State of the County Address before responding.
The AJC reports this morning that DeKalb CEO Lee May will propose Thursday in his State of the County Address that the County should build a new government center along Memorial Drive.
The AJC report says that a specific location along Memorial has not been disclosed, but points out that the County owns a lot of land around the Kensington MARTA Station.
Regardless of the location along Memorial, county offices leaving Decatur would be at least a temporary hit on Decatur’s downtown economy. According to Decatur’s website, the County is the city’s largest employer, employing 1,200 at last count. At the same time, if the vacated land was converted to commercial property, it could help Decatur increase its low % of commercial land inside the city limits without annexation.
We’ve reached out to the City and will update this post if we receive any reaction or reply.
Photo courtesy of Google Streetview
From the Decatur Heights Neighborhood blog…
Decatur Heights Neighborhood Association – January 27th, 2015 at 7:15pm
Plans for Suburban Plaza
Special guests, the Selig team, will showcase the plans for Suburban Plaza, including offsite street improvements.
Streetscape Improvements, etc
Learn about the traffic calming committee’s proposed streetscape improvements plan for Sycamore Drive and the top ends of Hillcrest Avenue and Ridgeland Avenue… to include intersection bulb-outs, a mid-block crosswalk, and median islands. Updates on the speed reduction efforts will also be provided.
Big Decatur restaurant news! Celeb Chef Kevin Gillespie announced this afternoon that he’ll be opening a new restaurant, Revival, in the former Harbour House Pub location at 129 Church Street this summer…
Atlanta-based chef, restaurateur, and author Kevin Gillespie, the man behind the nationally recognized Glenwood Park restaurant Gunshow, is taking aim at a beloved Southern institution with his newest project. Revival, located on the site of the former Harbour House Pub in Decatur, promises a fresh take on the traditional, family-style Sunday dinner, with a focus on farm-raised and artisan-prepared ingredients.
“I have fallen back in love with the traditional dishes I grew up eating, and those that represent the beautiful culinary traditions of the Deep South,” Gillespie says. “Inspired by the cooking of my grandmothers and the history of our region, I want to breathe new life into that classic family-style restaurant, or ‘meat and three.’ We hope to showcase the dishes with a passion and precision that is largely unavailable currently.”
Revival’s menu will offer a blend of meats, fish, and fresh vegetables, with seasonal options that change daily. Lunch will be served a la carte, while supper, Gillespie says, “will more closely resemble a classic Southern family-style spread served in your grandmother’s home. Revival will be like going to your grandma’s on Sunday—except every day.”
The setting even promises to echo a visit to your grandmother’s house, with a lush garden in the front and a spacious yard in the rear. Revival will be located at 129 Church Street in Decatur and is scheduled to open in early June.