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Old 09-21-2010, 10:48 AM
 
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Our family of 4 is considering a move to Decatur next summer for a job opportunity. My husband and I are born and bred east coast and midwesterners. For the past couple of years we have been living in Alabama and we do not like it. We are liberal and not very religious - where we are is the opposite. The first question we get here when meeting new people is whether we have a "church home" - we understand that it is part of the culture here, but as northerners we find it pretty off-putting.

Our kids will go to public schools, and most of our friends and neighbors will be parents of other public school kids. The parents here are religious to the point of making normal friendships difficult. We are quite possibly the only Democratic voters in our zip code. Decatur seems to have a pretty liberal community, but we were wondering if we would actually cross paths with this community at our kids sports games, school events, etc.

Thank you.
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Old 09-21-2010, 10:54 AM
 
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Decatur is progressive.
<A poster's opinion...>
'As a former City of Decatur resident, I'll chime in: I suspect the poster was referring to the fact that Decatur has a self-contained "Mayberry-esque meets earthy/liberal" vibe to it that is very different from anywhere else in Atlanta.'


http://www.decaturga.com/events.aspx
http://www.decaturga.com/cgs_citysvcs_ced_sdsguide.aspx
http://www.decaturartsalliance.org/
City of Decatur Schools
http://www.csdecatur.net/

Communities adjacent to the City of Decatur>>>

http://castleberryhill.org/wpmu/ (broken link)
http://www.atlanta.net/Neighborhood/Cabbagetown.html
http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/atlanta/cab.htm
http://rcil.reynoldstown.org/
http://edgewoodatl.com/
http://www.eastlake.org/
http://www.oakhurstga.org/
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=e...=15&iwloc=addr

chuckling to myself--Atlanta is 'different' from Alabama---as you will quickly learn if you relocate. The Carter Center, MLK center, Coca Cola, CNN and hundreds of other corporate entities. Decatur is approximately 2 miles from downtown Atlanta.
http://wikitravel.org/en/Atlanta/Midtown
IMPRESSIVE!!The NEW Historic Forth Ward Park Progress-Beltline
http://atlanta.citysearch.com/list/176191

^^^^
Cultural Resources
Agnes Scott College
Beacon Dance
Decatur Arts Alliance
DeKalb History Center
Georgia Center for the Book
Push Push Theatre
Several Dancers Core
^^^
Events, Festivals and Concerts in Decatur

Summer Events – ALL
Decatur Beach Party
Fourth of July on the Square
BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass Festival
--------------------------------------------
Fall Events – ALL
Beer Tasting Festival
Blue Sky Concerts
Book Festival
Concerts on the Square
Decatur Garden Tour
Decatur Old House Fair
Jazz Nights at Scottish Rite
Oakhurst Arts & Music Festival
Wine Tasting Festival

^^^^
Other Community Events
• Salsa Nights at Mezcalito's Cantina
• DEF to Host Benefit Concert at Eddie’s
• Rosanne Cash at Agnes Scott
• 2nd Annual Tast of the Town
• Arts Alliance Clothesline Show
• SkaterAid

There are plenty of churches but located between Agnes Scott College and Emory University you would be among 'independent thinkers'.
http://www.emory.edu/home/index.html
http://www.agnesscott.edu/

^^^^^
This thread may provide some insight--see post #4>>>
Intown Kids' Activities

and
Morningside vs. Decatur vs. Fernbank/Oakhurst

and

SMACKDOWN: Candler Park vs. Decatur

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Old 09-21-2010, 01:19 PM
 
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Our family of 4 is considering a move to Decatur next summer for a job opportunity. My husband and I are born and bred east coast and midwesterners. For the past couple of years we have been living in Alabama and we do not like it. We are liberal and not very religious - where we are is the opposite. The first question we get here when meeting new people is whether we have a "church home" - we understand that it is part of the culture here, but as northerners we find it pretty off-putting.

Our kids will go to public schools, and most of our friends and neighbors will be parents of other public school kids. The parents here are religious to the point of making normal friendships difficult. We are quite possibly the only Democratic voters in our zip code. Decatur seems to have a pretty liberal community, but we were wondering if we would actually cross paths with this community at our kids sports games, school events, etc.

Thank you.
You will like the City of Decatur very much.

I think you will also feel at home in the parts of unincorporated Decatur that are in the Druid Hills High School district and the Lakeside High School District.
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Old 09-21-2010, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Atlanta/Decatur/Emory area
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You should be very comfortable in Decatur. I'm a native and I have never once in my life been asked where my "church home" is. Decatur is overwhelmingly Democratic. It's basically a college town (Emory and Agnes Scott). It's consistently liberal and progressive with some parts that are "crunchier" than others (Oakhurst is the epi-center of the backyard chicken/community gardening crowd, for example).
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Old 09-21-2010, 01:31 PM
 
Location: The Greatest city on Earth: City of Atlanta Proper
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Lol, yeah, Decatur is about as conservative as a Che Guevara shirt.
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Old 09-21-2010, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Decatur
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Default I Don't have any chickens!!

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(Oakhurst is the epi-center of the backyard chicken/community gardening crowd, for example).
...yet

To the OP, I live in Decatur City as well. Red is pretty rare, allthough I will say some of us consider ourselves to be fiscally conservative, morally there are only libs in these parts. The schools are great, you will love living here. It has a small town vibe but big city world views.
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Old 09-21-2010, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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Decatur ... Conservative? Middle class? I don't know which part of that is funnier...
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Old 09-21-2010, 04:07 PM
 
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Decatur ... Conservative? Middle class? I don't know which part of that is funnier...
Decatur is enigmatic?

'Georgia Dems'--how to describe the fiscally conservative and socially liberal combination. It is not much like Berkely or Boston or LA--jmo.

'Mind your own business'--that would be the legacy of the Rednecks. lol

I grew up in the surrounding area and although at that time almost everyone attended a church or synagogue regularly it was rarely discussed.
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Old 09-22-2010, 04:32 AM
 
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I can't imagine you being harassed about religion in Decatur, but I guess I don't consider someone asking a question as harassment. If someone's life revolves around his/her church, then that may be a polite topic of conversation in that person's mind - liberal or conservative, northern/southern/midwestern notwithstanding.

I currently live around many conservatives, and I simply steer conversations away from topics that I know will end up in heated discussions...but I understand you wanting to be around more people who think like yourselves. It certainly makes life easier. I imagine that most areas of Decatur will suit your needs.
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Old 09-22-2010, 04:40 AM
 
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I can't imagine you being harassed about religion in Decatur, but I guess I don't consider someone asking a question as harassment. If someone's life revolves around his/her church, then that may be a polite topic of conversation in that person's mind - liberal or conservative, northern/southern/midwestern notwithstanding.

I currently live around many conservatives, and I simply steer conversations away from topics that I know will end up in heated discussions...but I understand you wanting to be around more people who think like yourselves. It certainly makes life easier. I imagine that most areas of Decatur will suit your needs.
Deacon you know you are living in Atlanta--lol--with no disrespect to Alabama.
I think it's a city v town type of thing.
'The New South'.
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