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Barry Hall inside Decatur November 18, 2018, 8:44 PM

List the top 3 observations, challenges and concerns about the area.
One: Westbound, left-turning motor traffic from W. Howard to Atlanta Ave. More than one serious injury crash in recent years means this turn-lane/crosswalk requires a full re-do.
Two: Northbound, right-turning motor traffic from Atlanta Ave. to W. Howard. See above. The new planters, etc., are great, but a permanent fix is needed.
Three: The entire triangle in the middle was ill-conceived, given present motor traffic. People walking and riding bicycles do pretty heavy lifting just getting from A to B there (sidewalk and crossing only on the east of College, etc., etc.) . It should be stress-free to walk and bike at every intersection in the City of Decatur.

Henry Slack inside Decatur November 17, 2018, 2:19 PM

List the top 3 observations, challenges and concerns about the area.
I would close the west branch of this intersection and let motorists turn right from Howard to cross the tracks on the continuation of Atlanta Avenue. Traffic may back up, but motorists can do so safely in the extra width you have. This makes the intersection safer by having only one crossing with the bike-walk trail.

John Ridley inside Decatur November 16, 2018, 6:07 PM

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Mark Sanders inside Decatur November 16, 2018, 5:38 PM

List the top 3 observations, challenges and concerns about the area.
We have an opportunity with the road diet on Howard to completely redesign the connection between College and Howard. I would like to propose that the current intersection be turned into a Northbound Only crossover with the west branch of of the current intersection being removed. I propose creating a southbound one way queue intersection that crosses the tracks at Meade.

Avery Sanchez outside Decatur November 16, 2018, 2:36 PM

List the top 3 observations, challenges and concerns about the area.
1.) It is very challenging for westbound cars on W College Avenue to get to westbound W Howard Street. Two lights, a pedestrian crossing, and yielding to traffic in two different spots. There is a lot of potential for accident. 2.) Westbound bicycles on the PATH suddenly getting put into the Valero Gas Station where there is no Path, and oncoming cars pulling into the gas station and driving through the gas station. Big potential for collision. 3.) Bicyclists have to traverse two road crossings just to stay on the Path. And cars virtually never yield to cyclists unless the light ahead is red.

I recommend eliminating all of the merges. There should be a single connector road going over the RR Crossing, that is perpendicular to W College Ave and W Howard Ave, with a traffic light at each end. That single road should have a left-hand and a right-hand turn lane, for both directions.

There should also be a bike PATH to get past the Valero gas station... so that bicyclists don't have to contend and compete with cars. Perhaps that portion of PATH is actually in the current street.

Marilyn Berberich inside Decatur November 16, 2018, 1:21 PM

List the top 3 observations, challenges and concerns about the area.
Traffic volume along with the sharp angles of Atlanta Avenue make this an especially dangerous crossing.

Since the recent changes to Howard, people sometimes take a left turn onto Howard (west toward ATL) from the “V” approach near the gas station. This lane should really be for right turns only, which moves traffic along by drivers using the right turn on red rule.

Pedestrian and bicycle traffic is dangerous because of so many crossing points.

Adrienne Hill inside Decatur November 16, 2018, 1:08 PM

List the top 3 observations, challenges and concerns about the area.
1) The intersection north of the train tracks really encompasses 5 roads if you include Adair and Atlanta Ave. The current set up results in poor visibility of cars, peds and cyclists when turning east or west onto W. Howard. I've always thought a roundabout in this area would solve traffic and safety issues here.
2) Very difficult pedestrian access from the Path when attempting to cross the tracks onto W College.
3) As an early morning runner, the lighting is very sparse here up to the Friends Meeting. There is a lot of tree overgrowth creating shadows and very dark patches. It's difficult for runners to see in this area and I'm sure it's difficult for motorists to see runners if they don't have reflective gear or lights on.

Kathryn Antman inside Decatur November 16, 2018, 12:31 PM

List the top 3 observations, challenges and concerns about the area.
We need a less complicated crossing. A straight line between Olympic and Adair with lights on both sides of the tracks would be better than the current twisted configuration. And Adair could use a light while Atlanta doesn’t since it is a dead end. This would also make the Path only cross one street instead of two. We also need pedestrian crossing on both sides of the intersection.

Seegar Swanson inside Decatur September 25, 2018, 4:22 PM

What are the key characteristics you think we need in our next City Manager?
I believe that our next City Manager should have read the book "What I Found in a Thousand Towns" authored by singer-songwriter Dar Williams. It provides interesting observations about how communities come together.

Name not shown inside Decatur September 23, 2018, 8:39 PM

What are the key characteristics you think we need in our next City Manager?
Ability to listen. Ability to learn from the past, but not live it in. Ability to make changes in City staff.

What do you believe are the key challenges that need to be addressed by the next City Manager?
Managing all the wonderful happenings in Decatur without bankrupting the City. Also - dealing with the City Schools of Decatur while remembering that the City comes first.

What would you like candidates for our City Manager position to know about the City of Decatur and why you've chosen to live and/ or work here?
The City of Decatur is an open place in a sea of conservative Georgia.