The City of Decatur has experienced a renaissance in urban redevelopment and infill mixed-use developments in the past decade. The relationship of the downtown to the established and new neighborhoods and the growth in pedestrian and bicycle uses for work and leisure has become the impetus for evaluating a City-wide system that reinforces and builds upon the historic linkages and design principles.
The Decatur Preservation Corridor Master Plan initially focused on the development of a north/south trail planning effort with the intent of linking four community open spaces. As a “demonstration project”, it would be a prototype for future components of a total greenway/bicycle system.
During the community participation process, it became apparent that a significant number of Decatur citizens, stakeholders, and Advisory Committee members supported the development of a visionary plan for a City-wide system.
The TSW planning team responded to stakeholder desires and developed a strategic, comprehensive trail and alternative transportation plan linking all of Decatur’s neighborhoods and historical/cultural/environmental resources.