Feel free to use this post to make comments and ask questions about local issues not yet discussed here over the past week.
The owner of Las Brasas, John Koechlin, tells DM that he has decided not to renew the lease at its iconic East Howard Avenue location. The Peruvian chicken take out spot has been open in Decatur since 2007.
However, Koechlin tells us he is looking for a new spot for his restaurant in Decatur or Kirkwood where his customers “can sit down and have a drink”. So if anyone out there knows of a space that would be a good fit for a restaurant that serves some of the best chicken in Atlanta, give the folks at Las Brasas a call!
Photo courtesy of Google Streetview
From CSD’s Casie Yoder…
Trees give us shade, clean our air and water, provide habitat for wildlife, and beautify our landscapes. The City of Decatur recognizes that all of us can contribute greatly to the health and structural integrity of these living treasures if we are empowered to recognize common problems and take proactive steps. Our goal is to help you help your trees and to provide that empowerment through education.
When: 9:30am- 11:30am Thursday March 12, 2015
Where: City of Decatur Public Works Building, 2635 Tally Street, Community Room
How much: FREE (for 20 City of Decatur homeowners only)
How to sign up: Email India Woodson at [email protected] with your name, address and contact information (must have email response with seat number from me for verification)
City of Decatur Tree Ordinance Overview: This session will explain the new ordinance, what it means to the average homeowner and show you how to measure the canopy of your trees.
The beer landscape has certainly evolved since we last discussed this question back in 2011 But since many of you are stuck in the house today with the kiddos, it seems a good time to restart a conversation on favorite beers.
Let’s start with a perennial favorite – ok, my favorite – the IPA. The style become such a staple among craft breweries that nearly every new brewery starts with – or quickly introduces – an IPA after opening. That means there are a LOT of them.
Which crates a bit of a paradox of choice. What are your favs these days?
- Decatur schools lengthen timetable for Bond approval [AJC]
- The rising cost of Atlanta restaurant parking [CL]
- Best Atlanta BBQ sides [AJC]
- Atlanta quiet on $1 billion expansion to airport [Saporta Report]
- Houston just dramatically improved its mass transit system without spending a dime [Vox]
Map courtesy of Vox
City Schools of Decatur will be closed Thursday, February 26, for the safety of our students and staff due to potential icy conditions. All employees who work 225 days or more should report at 11 am if conditions are safe for travel.
Atlanta and DeKalb are also closed on Thursday.
From the City of Decatur’s Casie Yoder…
All city buildings are currently open and will close by 5 p.m. today, including City Hall and the Decatur Recreation Center. All evening activities and classes at the Decatur Recreation Center are CANCELLED for tonight.
Georgia DOT asks motorists to limit driving to emergencies or essential travel only. Be aware of black ice. If you do decide to leave your house, especially once temperatures drop below freezing after dark, there is likely to be ice on the roads and sidewalks.
City Schools of Decatur are closed today. CSD will post its decision regarding school tomorrow on its website.
As of this posting tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 26:
- All city of Decatur offices and buildings will have a delayed opening of 10 a.m.This includes City Hall, Design Environment & Construction and the Decatur Recreation Center.
- Thursday trash and recycling pick up is expected to take place as usual
- Municipal Court will occur as scheduled at 6 p.m.
Important phone numbers
- If you see hazardous or unsafe conditions in Decatur, or require assistance from police or fire, please call the police non-emergency number: 404-373-6551.
- Report icy conditions on interstates and state routes to GDOT: 511.
- Power outages or trees on power lines should be reported directly to Georgia Power: 1-888-891-0938.
Prevent burst pipes
As the temperatures drop, pipes in your home or business are likely to freeze unless you take necessary precautions. The easiest way to prevent burst pipes is to leave your sink running with a small stream of water (a drip is not enough) before you go to bed.
- Be neighborly and take a few minutes to check on the seniors in your neighborhood. See if you can bring in their mail or wood or something else they may need, and make sure they have plenty of heat, food and water. Sometimes simply being checked on is greatly appreciated when staying indoors gets to be lonely. If you have a neighbor who needs help please call the police non-emergency number at 404-373-6551.
- Bring all pets inside.
- Register for Smart911 now at Smart911.com. You can opt-in for severe weather and other notifications as well as create or update your Smart911 profile with any special medical concerns (such as a household member who uses medical equipment that requires electricity).
- Charge all cell phones and put fresh batteries in emergency radios. When contacting loved ones, a text message is more likely to get through than a phone call.
- Download the FEMA smartphone appfor additional tips and emergency information.