Not Your “Same Old” Summer
Sometimes it’s the little things we don’t notice that become the big things we miss. Ever had someone point something out on a street you drive every day and never noticed? With an overload of data we are absorbing, our brains create routine out of the familiar as protection. This issue is about fresh looks – taking some time to notice our surroundings and see the summer in a new light. I’m so excited about Amplify Decatur returning (page 13). Not only will the community enjoy the sounds of legends in the music industry, but it will benefit from festival proceeds committed to fight homelessness and poverty. Listen through those ears in April. You probably go past homes spotlighted for the Druid Hills Tour without a second thought. This year as you step inside, take a moment to think about the work of the architects, builders, designers and landscapers who’ve contributed over the years (page 9). See the steep gables of Tudor Revival homes differently when you learn about conditions in 1485 England that contributed to the style (page 6). The City of Decatur with community involvement is taking a fresh look at growth and asking hard questions about what it means in terms of affordable housing and diversity (page 26). And you can even shake up the way you see your wellness goals and self-care. See whether a health and wellness coach is the next move for you (page 28). There are really great things happening (see our Calendar of Events on page 30) in the area and organizations doing impressive work (see Pet’s Picks page 23). It’s up to us to notice.