Around Midtown

Adventures on the Coosa

Adventures on the Coosa

By on 29 May, 2019 in Fun, Kate and Stephen, Outdoors with 1 Comment

  We’ve written before about our interest in spending more time on the river that runs through the heart of our city. We’ve also written about some of the challenges in doing so. Approaching the long Memorial Day weekend with ruthlessly hot temperatures in the forecast, we were feeling the pressure of two particular exigencies: […]

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Escaping to Blue Ridge

Escaping to Blue Ridge

By on 14 May, 2019 in Fun, Holidays, Kate and Stephen, Outdoors with 0 Comments

We needed a vacation. More specifically, we needed to get out into the quiet, beautiful natural world — ideally somewhere with mountains. Alabama has many beautiful parts, but not a lot of mountains. So we decided to look for something in North Georgia because it’s pretty close, and we have heard from friends that it […]

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Flowers!

Flowers!

By on 9 May, 2019 in Fun, Karren Pell with 0 Comments

The Old Alabama Town Revue presents its last show of the 2018-2019 season on May 11 at 2 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Colored Church (1885) in Old Alabama Town. The Revue will be part of the activities of Old Alabama Town’s Second Saturday event. Guests are invited to tour Old Alabama Town’s beautiful and […]

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Picture of the Week – 4/24/19

Picture of the Week – 4/24/19

By on 24 April, 2019 in Fun, Katie Pollock, Picture of the Week with 0 Comments

  This is an image from September 2018. It was taken at the Lower Dexter Cruise-In. This event happens on the first Friday of every month in downtown Montgomery. The next one is on May 3rd at 5:30 p.m. When I took this photo, I was stopped in my tracks by all of the visual […]

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Historic Midtown

Renovators’ Open House Wins Preservation Award

Renovators’ Open House Wins Preservation Award

I am proud to plead guilty to the charge of being an “hysterical preservationist,” as some cynics insist on calling those of us who value our history, architecture and timeless resources. As such, I am deeply involved with our local historic preservation organization, Landmarks Foundation of Montgomery. You may never have heard of Landmarks. But […]

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Picture of the Week – 5/28/19

Picture of the Week – 5/28/19

Our city has many hidden gems like this Cottage Hill alcove that Katie spotted recently. It’s the kind of detail that any one of us might walk or drive right by, maybe while looking at our phones. Rob Walker’s new book The Art of Noticing opens with a quotation from Susan Sontag urging us to see, […]

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Historic Preservation: What I Learned

Historic Preservation: What I Learned

All across the country, people are marking the end of one of their life’s chapters and starting a new one. Graduation! We were up in Tuscaloosa this past weekend, when every possible hotel room and parking space seemed filled by folks looking to wish this new cohort well as they matriculated from the University of […]

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Montgomery Celebrates May as Historic Preservation Month

Montgomery Celebrates May as Historic Preservation Month

Each May, our city celebrates National Historic Preservation Month by acknowledging Montgomery’s rich architectural heritage and our continuing efforts to preserve it. For the third year, Montgomery’s Historic Preservation Commission has accepted nominations for Preservation Awards. The purpose of these awards is to: Encourage excellence in the planning, design and execution of projects affecting the […]

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Eating Midtown

Yuka review

Yuka review

By on 3 April, 2019 in Food, Kate and Stephen, Restaurant Reviews with 0 Comments

Yuka Roll and Pho, just across the Boulevard on Vaughn, is a really great and affordable place to eat. We’ve been there twice, and it may be the best place in town for sushi – at least when you mix in factors like price, crowd, quick service, and variety. Montgomery’s sushi scene has always been […]

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Saffron

Saffron

By on 18 February, 2019 in Food, Kate and Stephen, Restaurant Reviews with 0 Comments

We’ve got a new favorite Indian food restaurant in town, and although it requires us to drive way out east to the part of the city that we don’t prefer, it’s the best spot currently operating in Montgomery. Saffron is in the same space as Taste of India, which then became The Bay Leaf, which we […]

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5 Points Deli & Grill

5 Points Deli & Grill

By on 17 January, 2019 in Food, Kate and Stephen, Restaurant Reviews with 0 Comments

We knew our future neighborhood when we saw it. On our first visit to Montgomery, I was very excited to live close to the Five Points area. We could walk to the Capri! Or to Capitol Book & News! And for a while, this came to pass. We’d take the dog up to Cafe Louisa, […]

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Pierce’s Country Cooking

Pierce’s Country Cooking

By on 7 January, 2019 in Food, Municipal business, Restaurant Reviews with 1 Comment

There’s a certain kind of restaurant decor that lets you know that the restaurant is really part of the community, run by people who are invested in the success of the people who eat there. Pierce’s Country Cooking (610 W. Fairview Ave.) embodies this kind of aesthetic, where every square inch of wall space is […]

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Real Estate

In Praise of the Fearless Few

In Praise of the Fearless Few

If you are like me, you’re fascinated with the idea of buying a wonderful old home and making it like new or better again. The popularity of make-over TV shows, which you find all over cable, confirms that there are a lot of us. The reality, however, is the majority of the homebuying public is […]

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Getting on the Ladder to Homeownership

Getting on the Ladder to Homeownership

By on 6 August, 2018 in Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

Recently I read a blog post about Millenials and their being largely absent from the ranks of homeownership. It delved pretty deeply into the factors that might contribute to that situation. “Settling down is being pushed further out,” the article observed. And that made me think of my two youngest nieces, Emily and Lilly, the […]

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A Good Thing Lasts a Long Time

A Good Thing Lasts a Long Time

Why pay rent when a beautiful home is within your reach? Is your object to enrich your landlord or to provide a cosy corner for yourself and family? Please remember that we are offering lots for almost nothing as compared to City lots, and on terms which will enable you to pay for them with […]

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Fixer-Upper TV Shows and the Unrealistic Expectations They’ve Created

Fixer-Upper TV Shows and the Unrealistic Expectations They’ve Created

By on 3 July, 2018 in Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

Chances are you’ve seen, and may be a fan of, Property Brothers, Fixer Upper, Flip or Flop and a host of other fix-up shows classified as “reality TV.” And like the Bachelor, Pawn Stars, Hell’s Kitchen and so many other iterations of reality television, very little “reality” is included in these highly scripted and edited […]

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Other Recent Posts

Picture of the Week – 5/8/19

By on 9 May, 2019 in Katie Pollock, Picture of the Week with 0 Comments
Picture of the Week – 5/8/19

While the recent tornado has changed the view, the view is still a good one. If you want to feel like you’ve gotten out of the city but don’t want to go far, visit Wetumpka sometime for a nice walk along the river. Stop for a moment to take in views like this one. Water […]

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Customer Service: An Odyssey

By on 25 April, 2019 in Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Customer Service: An Odyssey

This story has a happy ending. Eventually, a combination of corporations and insurance paid for our historic Midtown home to have nearly $15,000 worth of unintended kitchen repairs. But it took hundreds of hours and considerable dedicated effort to get these various entities to make good on their promises. We’re here to offer some advice […]

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Picture of the Week – 4/17/19

By on 17 April, 2019 in Fun, Katie Pollock, Picture of the Week with 0 Comments
Picture of the Week – 4/17/19

The Pine Hill Haints playing at the Sanctuary. The way this photo captures energy and movement and light is obvious, but you may not know about the word “haints.” It’s a spectral word, encouraging you to read the Gothic folklore of Kathryn Tucker Windham, or maybe just spend some time alone in an Alabama cemetery at […]

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Picture of the Week, 4/10/19

By on 11 April, 2019 in Katie Pollock, Picture of the Week with 0 Comments
Picture of the Week, 4/10/19

Loblolly pine seedlings went to the moon and back in 1971. Yes, that moon. The Alabama Forestry Commission and the U.S. Forest Service presented one of the seedlings to Gov. George Wallace upon their return to Earth. That tree still grows today next to the statue of a martyr named Albert Patterson. More information on […]

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Picture of the Week, 4/3/19

By on 3 April, 2019 in Fun, Katie Pollock, Picture of the Week with 0 Comments
Picture of the Week, 4/3/19

This is a photo of the water pouring from Doster Road Artesian Well in Prattville, AL.  It’s a source of free spring water.  Just bring a container, fill it, and take a sip. The well is covered by a well-house that includes a bench. It’s also right beside the Autauga Creek trail and near Pratt […]

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Photo of the Week – 3/14/19

By on 15 March, 2019 in Fun, Katie Pollock, Outdoors, Parks with 0 Comments
Photo of the Week – 3/14/19

  Bamboo in the Prattville Wilderness Park – Fun fact: so similar to Asia that the military used it to train soldiers before sending them to Vietnam. Editors’ Note: This is one of our favorite local places. Read more here.  Katie Pollock is a photographer who tries to capture the startling beauty of the natural and human-made […]

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Leadership Seminar for Old House Lovers

By on 12 March, 2019 in Carole King with 1 Comment
Leadership Seminar for Old House Lovers

This year Montgomery’s Historic Preservation Commission is sponsoring a Historic Preservation Leadership Seminar. Just what, you might ask, is this Historic Preservation Leadership Seminar about? The seminar is an informative seven week program to familiarize the citizens of Montgomery with its history and the importance of preserving the city’s built environment. Each weekly session will […]

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Photo of the Week – 3/6/19

By on 8 March, 2019 in Katie Pollock with 1 Comment
Photo of the Week – 3/6/19

  This photo was taken during Art on the Square, right before a crowd watched as a group of children performed to a song with lyrics that included “no more dying in the streets.”  Many attendees seemed proud to call Montgomery home, with high aspirations for the future.  Their embrace of this place with its […]

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Fun at Old Alabama Town

By on 5 March, 2019 in Historic Midtown, Karren Pell with 0 Comments
Fun at Old Alabama Town

On Saturday, March 9, we’ll celebrate Second Saturday at Old Alabama Town. Admission to both the Living and Working Blocks are free from 10 a.m. until 3. On this Saturday, several special events make the day especially enjoyable. John Schneider will be presenting a wood working demonstration near the log cabin. Shanlie Wolter will return with […]

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Abusements and Gowith

By on 28 February, 2019 in Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Abusements and Gowith

We recently took a sledgehammer to our media diet, and the renovations may not yet be complete. A lot of people are talking about “cutting the cord,” by which folks usually mean canceling their cable television subscription. But we took a more radical approach, ending our Charter TV service while also canceling subscription streaming services […]

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Picture of the Week: 2/20/19

By on 20 February, 2019 in Fun, Katie Pollock, Outdoors, Parks with 0 Comments
Picture of the Week: 2/20/19

Fun fact: at the time Wynton Blount donated the land for the park, it was considered the largest donation to American Theater. You can see this view during early foggy mornings from Spring to Fall near the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Katie Pollock is a photographer who tries to capture the startling beauty of the natural and […]

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Picture of the Week: 2/12/19

By on 13 February, 2019 in Katie Pollock, Picture of the Week with 0 Comments
Picture of the Week: 2/12/19

There is a view near the end of the Cherokee Ridge Alpine Trail Kowaliga Bay Loop, which showcases approximately 2.5 miles of spectacular water views. While the whole trail is full of rewards like this one, the silhouettes of pine trees bring to mind the lyrics of “Kaw-Liga,” written by Hank Williams while he was […]

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