Read it – Decatur releases completed diversity study

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt October 23, 2014
A mural showing what Decatur strives to be.

A mural on the wall of the Oakhurst Market

The city of Decatur has completed its diversity study.

City officials released the study on Thursday, Oct. 24. Earlier this week, Decaturish had filed a records request for the completed report, if available, and any draft copies that exist.

Titled, “Findings on the state of diversity in the city of Decatur,” the report adds more depth to information presented to City Commissioners on Aug. 4, but its original conclusions haven’t changed. Decatur’s white population has grown from 60 percent in 1990 to 73.5 percent. Conversely, Decatur’s black population made up about 40 percent of the city’s population in 1990 and declined to 20 percent in 2010. Decatur’s non-black minority population, which includes Hispanics, increased from 1 percent in 1990 to 6 percent in 2010.

The report does not provide information on housing trends, which would include information about “tear-down” houses built on the lots of smaller, older homes. It does recommend that the city update its Affordable Housing Study from 2008.

The report says the apartment projects that are currently under development and changes to the city’s zoning code, called a Unified Development Ordinance, can provide more affordable housing options for Decatur residents.  The report also discounts the idea of economic incentives, like a city-wide minimum wage. The report says they would be impractical since most of Decatur’s residents work outside of Decatur’s city limits.

Here is the full report. Please post your observations in the comments section or send a letter to the editor to

2014 Diversity Research Report_FINAL

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  • Chris Billingsley

    Skip to “Next Steps”. Two things stand out. “…The conversation now expands to how to attract new diversity, especially young professionals of color.” and “… developing a community action plan that appreciates diversity and supports a community of inclusion and compassion based on justice and equity.”
    Normally I wouldn’t take the writing of a college intern seriously but this is the kind of left wing nonsense that will impress and influence a majority of the city commission. If so, God help us.

  • CODestroyer

    The city footprint isn’t so large as to prevent lower income GA residents from finding affordable nearby housing. COD has become a desirable affluent area, with a great quality of life.
    Why waste money trying to screw that up with “justice”. Does the Board think that COD residents are fooled by such obvious code words?

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