DECATUR – Six years ago, Ryan McCrady was preparing to move to Decatur to start a new job as city manager.
As he drove through the city scouting for a place to call home, one spot caught his eye for the wrong reasons. Weeds and boarded-up buildings marred the intersection of Oakland and Grand Avenues. McCrady said to himself, “Wow, we’ve got to do something with that.”
Today, that area looks very different, with city officials saying it has experienced a resurgence and could soon see even more positive change.