After the Decatur year

Just because we moved away from Decatur, that doesn’t mean this blog will be frozen in time. Small homes continue to be demolished and McMansions continue to rise throughout Oakhurst. Posts appearing in this blog from this point forward will feature new teardowns and new mansionization. Follow along as we document Decatur ruining its most distinctive and arguably most historic neighborhood.

For more historical background on Decatur’s Oakhurst neighborhood, visit my main blog:


2 responses to “After the Decatur year

  1. I hope the tear downs have not driven you from your home. In my neighborhood that was half destroyed by Hurricane Katrina the only “development” seems to be in the portion that survived. I’ve fought the good fight but the quality of life is getting so low it’s almost not worth it any more.

    • Thanks for reading and writing. I’ve read about what’s been happening in areas affected by Katrina and I admire your tenacity. Unfortunately, we did sell the home we lived in for only 11 months because we didn’t want to watch the neighborhood deconstructed around us and we didn’t want to pay taxes to a city government that promotes the social and physical destruction of its community. We were not there long enough to become invested in the community to make trying to fight for change worthwhile and the folks with whom we spoke about trying to make a difference were so few and so browbeaten by their privileged neighbors that we felt it best to simply leave and start fresh in Atlanta.

      In researching the neighborhood’s history, I documented how the privileged gentrifiers were mapping their values onto the remaining economically disadvantaged African Americans in the neighborhood and how increased conservatism brought in by folks previously attracted to more outlying suburban areas was creating intolerance for gays and other first- and second-wave gentrifiers who settled there before this third wave of so-called financifiers began moving in about 15 years ago. There’s more at my main blog:

      Thanks, again, for writing and I hope things work out for you in your community.

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