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Save Room for Pie!

save-room-for-pie-by-roy-blount-jrIn case you did not make it to the the recent appearance by Roy Blount Jr. at Decatur High School (his alma mater) you don’t have to miss out. Roy was here in his hometown Decatur for an evening of book signing and conversation with James Beard-nominated chef Kevin Gillespie who did indeed bring pie. Read the review of Roy’s new book, Save Room for Pie, on the website here, and pick up your copy at Little Shop of Stories at 111 E. Court Square.

Be sure to check out Gillespie’s hot Decatur restaurant, Revival. And make a stop at the Iberian Pig, notable to Blount because of the many changes to the downtown square of his youth. “You expect your hometown to feel retro, but when I go to Decatur I feel retro,” deadpans Blount. “Like I say, you need to develop your tastes just to keep up … even with your own hometown!”


City of Decatur Awarded Silver Walk Friendly Communities Designation

walk-and-roll-to-school A 'Walk and Roll to School' day, part of the Safe Routes to School program.

Decatur, GA, October 14, 2015 – The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center has re-designated the City of Decatur a Silver Walk Friendly Community for its walkability initiatives and programs. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration and FedEx, Walk Friendly Communities is a national recognition program aimed at recognizing communities for their commitment to pedestrian safety.

The City of Decatur, with a population around 20,000, has a strong commitment to improving pedestrian issues and walkability. All city departments work together to achieve this goal. Decatur Active Living offers a variety of programs to get the community out walking including Team Decatur, Walk With a Doc, Bright at Night Walks and Sunday Strolls. The city also has a very strong Safe Routes to School Program that is a model for the state.

The committee was also impressed with the new Unified Development Ordinance and the Downtown Decatur Streetscape Design Guidelines which help ensure that the city will continue on with its dense development pattern and active uses that attract pedestrian travel.

The City of Decatur is among three communities recognized in the latest round of Walk Friendly Communities announced. The Walk Friendly Community designation, awarded from bronze to platinum, is given to applicant communities that have demonstrated a commitment to improving and sustaining walkability and pedestrian safety through comprehensive programs, plans and policies. To date, 57 communities in the U.S. have been designated as Walk Friendly Communities.

For more information on Walk Friendly Communities, please visit

Media Contact: Cheryl Burnette,, 678-553-6541

Additional Resources

Walk Friendly Communities  | 
Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center  | 
Federal Highway Administration


Decatur Is a Groundbreaker

decatur-groundbreaker-award-2015Mayor Pro Tem Patti Garrett (center) accepts the Groundbreaker Award on behalf of the city.

ATLANTA, October 2015 — The City of Decatur was among the 2015 finalists in Atlanta Magazine’s Groundbreaker Awards program. The theme was “Building (and Rebuilding) a Better Place to Live.” The award for Groundbreaker of the Year went to Keith Parker, CEO of MARTA, “for convincing us to trust public transit.”


Two Decatur Dining Spots Earn State-wide Recognition

ATLANTA, July 31, 2015 — Pork Belly Buns at Makan and Bacon in a Glass with Homemade Cashew Butter at Leon’s Full Service, have been named as two of Georgia’s “100 Plates that Locals Love” by Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Tourism division featured in the state’s new culinary guide, Georgia Eats.

“It’s Georgia’s outstanding local restaurants that truly showcase the state’s rich flavors that locals and visitors love,” said Kevin Langston, deputy commissioner for tourism at the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “Each dish on our list of 100 Plates that Locals Love epitomizes Georgia’s culinary scene with locally made and grown ingredients. These are the best of the best in Georgia and we can’t wait to share them with our visitors.”

The Georgia Department of Economic Development Tourism Division is celebrating the state’s culinary greatness this year. One of the initiatives selected the dishes that make our state’s food unique, inspiring, and just plain good eating! As a part of this designation, each restaurant is featured in the Georgia Eats official culinary guide, distributed by the 11 Visitor Information Centers statewide; on the state’s consumer tourism website; and on’s 14 social media channels.

About the Georgia Department of Economic Development

The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) plans, manages and mobilizes state resources to attract new business investment to Georgia, drive the expansion of existing industry and small business, locate new markets for Georgia products, inspire tourists to visit Georgia and promote the state as a top destination for arts events and film, music and digital entertainment projects.


Ten Picks for Best Restaurants in Decatur

 A recent post on singled out ten great Decatur dining spots. Read it here. Find out about all of Decatur’s excellent eateries here