Decatur Dispatch - July 2019

• LOCAL, POSITIVE COMMUNITY NEWS H ometown N ews A tlanta Volume 29, No. 7 • JULY 2019 Decatur Dispatch Covering De atur, Druid Hills, Emory, Sage Hill, Toco Hill, & Avondale Estates PRICELESS ISSUE! Decatur Mural Honors Immigrant Mothers On May 25 artist Yehimi Cambrón began applying a base coat of yellow paint on the side of 302 E. Howard Avenue in Decatur’s Old Depot District for her new mural, Monuments: Our Immigrant Mothers. She was covering up an existing mural painted by Freddy Sam and Ever for the 2011 Living Walls Conference. When she came back the next day she found a note taped to the wall asking why the mural was being covered up. “I had to respond,” she said. “The process of creating murals requires a lot of communication with the people in the area where you are painting because it becomes such a part of peoples everyday lives. I had to let people know what was coming, that whatever message came next was the same message of inspira- tion, hope and unity.” Cambrón explained that because the original mural was done when Living Walls was just starting up they did not have the means to seal it properly. “The wall is in really bad condition and peel- ing badly.” Living Walls communicated with the artists. “If they were closer they probably would have repaired it and I would have painted this mural some- where else,” Cambrón said. “I completely understand. I’ve had a mural painted over. Yehimi Cambrón in front of her mural in progress. (Photo by Dean Hesse) Continued on page 7 Continued on page 6 Current anchors of declining N. DeKalb Mall include Marshall’s and AMC Theatre. With the advent and appeal of greatly increased online shopping, retail malls nationwide are having tough times, and it’s sometimes surprising, even life-affirming, when necessity makes economic and literal markets get more creative in order to survive. That’s exactly what we’re seeing increasingly in the Metro, and North DeKalb Mall at 2050 Lawrenceville Highway is an excellent case in point. The huge complex has been a real estate landmark since it opened in 1965 in Decatur’s Shamrock community. Half-Empty Metro Malls: Perfect Places for Movie Sets