June 25, 2019

Last night (Monday, June 24, 2019) I attended the second of Decatur City Council study sessions on neighborhood revitalization held at Main Street Church of God. At the previous study session, data gathered by city staff revealed the stark realities confronting most th...

May 14, 2019

Yesterday, the City Council convened a study session to review previous community engagement meetings' data, introduce additional information for the Greater Opportunity Zone urban core area (which Clokey Park's census tract is included), discussion of possible city-wi...

April 8, 2019

It took a little longer than anticipated, but the return of our neighborhood newsletter is here. There is a link posted on the Our Association page of our website. I would encourage you to express your support by formally joining our organization as a paid member, and...

February 19, 2019

It is a shame that tragedy seems to be the necessary fuel to change the status quo. Excuses and fears seem to disappear when the inexcusable happens close to home. Often we comfort ourselves in believing that a mythical "Somebody Ought to Do Something About It" is just...

January 24, 2019

On Tuesday, January 22, 2019, the last chapter of the story of this address was written when the city council approved the demolition of 1850 E William Street. Unfortunately, ongoing disinvestment in the neighborhood had already wrote its story into the dustbin of hist...

January 16, 2019

I'm nearing the 20th anniversary of my arrival as a resident and neighbor of an area identified on the Decatur neighborhood map as "Jasper Park" neighborhood. At the time, the neighborhood boundaries were decided based on the surrounding infrastructure and landmark bar...

October 2, 2018

Where you grow up influences how you move on the income ladder.

A group of researchers from Harvard University, led by economist Raj Chetty, gathered data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Internal Revenue Service to create an interactive map showing economic outcomes...

September 7, 2018

At the intersection of North Jasper Street & East William Street you encounter the legacy of one widow and her resistance to residential development until the 20th Century.  You also encounter it at the intersection of North East Avenue & East William.  East William St...

September 5, 2018

Recently a blog discussed the value of barely casual connections in a neighborhood and how recent popular press articles have suggested there's an epidemic of loneliness. You can read it here.

We may still feel that we are "cozy with friends, sustained by family, and fl...

August 28, 2018

"As Team Decatur, we can do anything." - City of Decatur Mayor Julie Moore-Wolfe

On Wednesday, August 22, City Council members, Decatur Park District Commissioners, and Decatur Public School Board members met in the University Commons at Millikin University. This interg...

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Last night (Monday, June 24, 2019) I attended the second of Decatur City Council study sessions on neighborhood revitalization held at Main Street Chu...

Moving Forward Together

June 25, 2019

Yesterday, the City Council convened a study session to review previous community engagement meetings' data, introduce additional information for the...

Pre-Qualified for Neighborhood Revitalization

May 14, 2019

It took a little longer than anticipated, but the return of our neighborhood newsletter is here. There is a link posted on the Our Association page of...

The Return of the Neighbor

April 8, 2019

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