Founded in 1823, the city has a total area of 4 square miles. There is a railroad track along the Eastern Continental Divide that bisects the city. The water that flows on the west side of the tracks flows to the Gulf of Mexico and the water on the east flows to the Atlantic Ocean. Decatur is known for its food scene and was named one of the South's "Tastiest Towns" in 2012. In 2016, the New York Times called it "Atlanta's gastronomic equivalent of Berkeley or Brooklyn”.
There are many neighborhoods including Oakhurst, Clairemont, the MAK Historic District, and Winnona Park. There are several colleges in Decatur including Emory University, Agnes Scott College and Columbia Theological Seminary. The City of Decatur has its own school system.
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Many Decatur neighborhoods were developed as garden suburbs between 1910 – 1940 with the desire for larger lots set further from the streets. Decatur has a variety of architectural styles including antebellum, Victorian, craftsman bungalows, and ranch-style homes.
The Decatur Railway depot is now home to the Kimball House selected as Southern Living’s 2014 Best New Restaurant. Other notable restaurants include Parkers on Ponce and the Iberian Pig.
Decatur is also known for its live music venue, Eddie’s Attic hosting hometown favorites and now famous artists such the Indigo Girls, Sugarland, and John Mayer among a diverse talent of famous and up and coming artists
Leila Ross Wilburn, a graduate of Agnes Scott College, was one of only two registered female architects in Atlanta in the 1920’s. She was hired to design many of the homes in Decatur including it’s first subdivision, now known as the MAK Historic District.
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