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2013: A Year in Review in Decatur-Avondale Estates Patch

The biggest stories in the Patch this year.

Carter's $40 million planned redevelopment of 315 West Ponce de Leon Ave., was one of biggest stories of the year in Decatur. GRAPHIC CREDIT: Carter
Carter's $40 million planned redevelopment of 315 West Ponce de Leon Ave., was one of biggest stories of the year in Decatur. GRAPHIC CREDIT: Carter
If there was a theme to what readers of Decatur-Avondale Estates Patch were focused on in 2013, it would be: development.

Planned developments and those still on the drawing board were the issues that were of most concern to readers.

The ongoing drama over the planned Walmart at Suburban Plaza off North Decatur Road, though technically not in the city limits, was among the biggest stories this year.

Carter's planned $40 million redevelopment of 315 West Ponce de Leon Ave. into a mixed-use project also drew a lot of interest and attention from readers.

As in many other communities across the country, parents, in the wake of multiple shootings at schools, have been concerned about their children's safety.

For parents of kids at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in unincorporated DeKalb, their worst fears became reality when a 20-year-old gunman entered the school and barricaded it, threatening to kill those inside.

The world would soon learn his name — Michael Brandon Hill — but it also would learn the name of the hero who convinced him to give up peacefully — Antoinette Tuff.

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