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Old 12-19-2010, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Midtown Atlanta
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Decatur Metro | Decatur Georgia News & Events » Decatur Ranks as Georgia’s Most Walkable City
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Old 12-19-2010, 02:40 PM
 
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No shocker here...
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Old 12-19-2010, 03:33 PM
 
Location: metro ATL
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I thought it would have been Savannah.
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Old 12-19-2010, 04:05 PM
 
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I thought it would have been Savannah.

Maybe the public transit combo gave the Dec a leg up...
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Old 12-19-2010, 05:33 PM
 
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Savannah actually has pretty good public transit.
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Old 12-19-2010, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Orange, California
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Well-deserved. The City of Decatur is an oasis in metro Atlanta.
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Old 12-19-2010, 06:15 PM
 
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I think Savannah should have gotten it too. Downtown Decatur is walkable but it's pretty small. I'm not exactly sure of the city limits of Decatur but doesn't it stretch pretty far to the south along Memorial? I'd hardly call any of that area walkable.

Georgia cities are just so sprawled out. I think cities like Athens and Rome have great downtowns for their size but they tend to sprawl out for miles with not a lot of dense development.
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Old 12-19-2010, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I think Savannah should have gotten it too. Downtown Decatur is walkable but it's pretty small. I'm not exactly sure of the city limits of Decatur but doesn't it stretch pretty far to the south along Memorial? I'd hardly call any of that area walkable.

Georgia cities are just so sprawled out. I think cities like Athens and Rome have great downtowns for their size but they tend to sprawl out for miles with not a lot of dense development.
No, Decatur hardly even reaches Memorial. Claiming so is pretty much the equivalent of giving Savannah credit for being walkable all the way down Abercorn to the Mall and adjacent areas, which IS within the City Limits - and would be beyond a joke.

http://www.decaturga.com/client_resources/getaround/decaturga_streetmap.pdf (broken link)

Let's give credit where credit is due here, for a change. Decatur is less than 4.25 square miles, and admittedly packs quite a punch for its size.

Here we have an urban jewel of a place that predates the City of Atlanta, that is doing absolutely everything within its power to be a outstanding example of an older & close-in independent suburb, and some still refuse to acknowledge any of its positives.

I would really love an explanation of just how Decatur "sprawls" in any way, shape or form. As a matter of fact, I would LOVE an example of a major American metro of almost 6 million that DOESN'T sprawl.

Even though I am a confirmed urbanist, the words sprawl and density are so overused here they are both becoming beyond nauseating.
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Old 12-19-2010, 06:59 PM
 
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I think Savannah should have gotten it too. Downtown Decatur is walkable but it's pretty small. I'm not exactly sure of the city limits of Decatur but doesn't it stretch pretty far to the south along Memorial? I'd hardly call any of that area walkable.
No, it doesn't. The southern border is basically Pharr Rd; it abuts the East Lake area, but not as far south as Memorial.

Here's a map (http://decaturga.com/client_resources/getaround/decaturga_streetmap.pdf - broken link). ETA johnatl beat me to it.
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Old 12-19-2010, 07:13 PM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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I thought it would have been Savannah.
If Savannah's city limits were confined to the Historic District, perhaps. They are not.
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