The City of Decatur, Georgia, is on a fast-track to redevelop a historic African American school site. Plans include demolition of parts of the former Beacon Elementary School and Trinity High School to make way for new public facilities.
Threats. Intimidation. Yard signs. Snotty e-mails. Yes, the knives are out in Oakhurst … — Scott Henry, Creative Loafing, August 7, 2007.
In Decatur’s Oakhurst neighborhood, cyberbullying and opposition to historic preservation go hand in hand. I wrote about the online hostility in a post earlier this year. Since that post, several Oakhurst residents have created anonymous Twitter handles with names like @OakhurstVillain (
removed in May 2012; live again July 2012), @DavesSphincter (yes, you did read that right), and @DecaturHulk specifically to post comments about my efforts to raise awareness of teardowns and mansionization in Oakhurst. Continue reading