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Decatur, Ga., isn't the most racist town in the USA but it's the one I'm most familiar with.
I'm a troll, so say residents of Decatur, Georgia's Oakhurst neighborhood. Why? Because I spoke and wrote on taboo topics: gentrification and racism in their neighborhood while I lived there. Wheth...
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Tim Armstrong, the chief executive of AOL, had a sentimental, and some would say debilitating, attachment to Patch, a network of local news sites that he is finally winding down.
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I would really like to see the basis for attorney Jeff Lell and realtor Stacy Reno's statements in this 2014 exchange. I'm writing on resistance in gentrifying and inverting neighborhoods and I'd really like to get Mr. Lell and Ms. Reno's side of the story. Mr. Lell, you're an especially interesting case and like your friends Ms. Wynne and Mr. Kell, please consider this an invitation to answer some questions about various things you've written since March 2012. My interpretation of events is that you were upset because you felt that I had revealed your identity on the DM site (I didn't; I referred to you as "attorney Jeff L."). It appears from various writings you have produced since 2012 and the extensive browsing data you left on my website (until I blocked your home IP address in May 2013) from various devices that you have had what may be described as an "obsessive interest" in me. I think it's because you were pissed about the DM situation and because you are vehemently opposed to any additional land use regulation in Decatur that you feel would infringe upon your private property rights as a homeowner. That's my take and that's what I'll be writing unless you think I'm incorrect.
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Decatur City Commission votes to protect trees, not people, amid pleas from African American homeowner to "have our backs." Commissioners side with developers and cave to neoliberal pressure. 3-2 vote against teardown moratorium demonstrates lack of compassion. Developers and residents comment on how much better the new neighbors are who buy McMansions built at teardown sites than the old neighbors and old homes.
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Saving trees is great. I'm all for it. Especially nice old, mature trees.

But saving houses is also great. It's good for the environment (less demolition junk going into landfills, reuse of materials verses requiring all new lumber, etc. for building), good for the neighborhood (supports stability and community), and good for preserving a sense of a city's past. 

Boo to the commissioners who voted against saving houses. I hope they all lose in their next election. :-P

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David Rotenstein has a Ph.D. in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Anthropology from Georgia State University and is a historical consultant in Silver Spring, Maryland. Appointed to the Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission in 2004; became vice-chair in 2007 and chairman in 2009. Also in 2009 was appointed by the Montgomery County Planning Board to serve on a Zoning Advisory Panel consulting on a revision to the County’s zoning code.

Publications in history include articles on telecommunications history, cultural tourism, and the leather and livestock industries and has written 13 Historic American Engineering Record and Historic American Building Survey reports as well as a number of regional and state encyclopedia articles. Teaching experience includes the University of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon University, Montgomery College, and the National Preservation Institute. Twenty-five years experience in National Historic Preservation Act (Section 106) compliance and public history in public- and private-sector positions. Certified as a Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA), 1999-2006; 2010-Present.
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