Citizens of Downtown Decatur are joining together to push the City of Decatur to put more greenspace in the downtown area. Recently, sales of several properties have made greenspace a particular importance since even private greenspace is being converted into commercial developments. While the City Manager's office is resistant, neighbors are joining together to push the issue. Their kick-off meeting was held August 20th at the Decatur Library. Over 40 residents showed up to express concern about the lack of greenspace which actually increases property values when in place. Although, that wasn't a concern for residents, since City of Decatur residents enjoy some of the highest property values in Metro Atlanta, the intrinsic value of parks was of great concern. Park Pride was in attendance and presented on the monetary value of parks. Two Decatur City Commissioners were present along with a representative from the City Manager's office and DeKalb County Commissioner Kathie Gannon. To read the tweets in order start from the bottom up.

 

  • If you want a downtown #Decatur park then think about how you want to help
  • To follow along you can like the DowntownDecaturPark page on Faceboom
  • #Decatur needs more #parks
  • We need more trees to offset all the clear cutting that has happened around #Decatur
  • #Parks bring calmness and brings values that residents want
  • Decatur's downtown zoning currently allows developers to clear cut old growth #trees
  • If #Decatur doesn't act now they will lose the opportunity for more #parks
  • #Parks bring all neighbors together
  • Central Park paid for itself in 5 years
  • Never doubt a small group of thoughtful people can change the world - almost Margaret Mead
  • #Decatur
  • There are 1,000 homes within walking distance to the Bank of America location in downtown #Decatur
  • Central Atlanta Progress has proposed a $14 million #park that will expand across the connector
  • What we need for parks in #Decatur - A plan, money and #political will
  • #Decatur is well below national average for greenspace per 1,000 residents
  • #Parks combat #climatechange by reducing heat island effect and keeping environment heslthier
  • Parks are integral to #Decatur Strategic Plan. Parks build comnunity
  • Dusenbury former Director of parks @Cityofatlanta
  • Andrew White of @parkpride Director of Park Visioning
  • "Creative Class" aka #millennials are attracted to live and work in place. Quality of life is top on their list which includes #parks
  • Affluent retirees are attracted and retained. 100 retired households can match the financial impact of $4 million
  • Municipal revenues are increased with more #parks in some studies 11% increase
  • After Centennial #Olympic park was built, condominium prices rose from $115 to $250 a square foot #parksmatter
  • City parks make good investments
  • Many governments and local businesses understand the value of patks
  • Parks bring festivals which also brings people and money
  • The new #park in #SugarHillGa is bringing in the bucks. For every dollar spent brought in four dollars of investment
  • Reduces infrastructure costs for local government
  • Overall health and well being of residents
  • Some of the benefits of #parks is increased real estate values
  • Hearing from. Landscape Architect from @parkpride
  • At the #Decatur green space and parks meeting. Get ready for the tweets