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Decatur is four square miles of hometown hipness with 18,000 residents inside Atlanta’s I-285 perimeter highway. Ponce de Leon Avenue is our main street, connecting us to the city of Atlanta, just six miles to the west, and to historic Stone Mountain, just six miles to the east.
As a quintessential college town, we have Agnes Scott College, Columbia Theological Seminary within our city limits Branches of the Art Institute of Atlanta and DeVry University bring hundreds of commuting students, faculty and staff to our downtown square. Emory University is close by with a free shuttle carrying students and residents between campus and downtown Decatur.
And with more than 200 mostly independent shops, restaurants, galleries, salons and other service businesses, Decatur draws students, office workers, residents and visitors who love to "shop local" in our walkable tree-shaded downtown.Decatur was established in 1823 where two Indian paths crossed at present-day Ponce de Leon and Clairemont avenues. Decatur today remains an important crossroads, with quick MARTA access to downtown Atlanta attractions and Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Decatur is a destination in itself for foodies, fashionistas and fun-lovers. They flock here for our critically acclaimed restaurants, including Cakes & Ale, Watershed, Leon’s, Twain’s and the Brickstore, that emphasize farm-to-table concepts and hand-crafted beers. Storefront boutiques like Squash Blossom, Boogaloos, Vivid and Rockit specialize in the latest trends with a spotlight on organic, fair trade goods, sustainable materials and local designers. At night, musicians take the stage at Eddie’s Attic where the Indigo Girls, Sugarland, Sean Mullins and John Mayer played in their early days and still drop by for surprise visits. Live music of all genres can be found at numerous other venues in downtown Decatur and Oakhurst Village just to the south.