Around Midtown

The Playhouse Heads Fo(u)rth

The Playhouse Heads Fo(u)rth

By on 13 November, 2014 in Fun, Greg Thornton with 0 Comments

“I know, but what is it all about? People loose and at the same time caught. Caught and loose. All these people and you don’t know what joins them up. There’s bound to be some sort of reason and connection. Yet somehow I can’t seem to name it. I don’t know.” “If you did you […]

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Shopping and Dining at Mr. Chen’s

Shopping and Dining at Mr. Chen’s

It seems like ever since it broke onto a dramatically-improving local Chinese food scene, Montgomery residents have fiercely treasured Mr. Chen’s. If you’ve never been, it’s out on the Atlanta Highway in the same shopping center as the Burlington Coat Factory. Mr. Chen’s makes a unique contribution to the local food scene because it’s both […]

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Not so Yummy for the Canine Tummy

Not so Yummy for the Canine Tummy

By on 29 October, 2014 in Lynne Burford, Pets with 0 Comments

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” ― Josh Billings The holiday season is about to kick off. Already we are celebrating at football parties and neighborhood gatherings. And of course, many of us celebrate with our canine family members! Although we are free to fill […]

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Crimes of the Heart

Crimes of the Heart

By on 24 October, 2014 in Art, Fun, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments

It was my first time volunteering for the Cloverdale Playhouse – opening night for Crimes of the Heart – and I was a little nervous. We’d be handling cash and checking in the folks who’d purchased tickets online. Fortunately, I was in good hands. The staff showed us their well-established system for arrivals, and I […]

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Historic Midtown

Walking Downtown: Montgomery Ghost Tour

Walking Downtown: Montgomery Ghost Tour

Regular readers of MML know that we’re interested in all things Halloween. So we were immediately interested to learn about Haunted Montgomery Tours, a relatively new entry to the city’s growing set of Halloween offerings. Although they normally offer tours on Fridays and Saturdays starting at 8:30, the staff were nice enough to set up […]

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What’s a Lockwood?

What’s a Lockwood?

By on 25 September, 2014 in Architecture, Carole King, Historic Midtown with 1 Comment

With the recent news that the Standard Club located on Narrow Lane Road will have a new life as a hospice facility, local preservationists are breathing a collective sigh of relief. The Standard Club was designed by noted Montgomery architect Frank Lockwood and built in 1929. You may have heard that name batted around in […]

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Uniting to Save our Hex Blocks!

Uniting to Save our Hex Blocks!

To those of us who enjoy old house living, one of the features we like most about our streetscapes is the hex block sidewalks. These hex blocks have as much history as our neighborhoods. Unfortunately, like many things we love about our historic neighborhoods, these blocks are endangered.   The recent road infrastructure project at Five […]

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Montgomery’s Most Endangered

Montgomery’s Most Endangered

June 23, the National Trust for Historic Preservation released its annual “11 Most Endangered Places” list. It made me think about places and things in our Montgomery community that might also be at risk. First to come to mind is the hex paver sidewalks that occur in our oldest historic areas: Cottage Hill, a turn-of-the-last-century […]

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Eating Midtown

Downtown and Doughnuts

Downtown and Doughnuts

There’s a strange little building downtown, sitting on the corner of Commerce and Tallapoosa, across from the Renaissance Hotel and kitty-corner from Sous La Terre. This building is fairly new, and the landscape around it seems even newer, as if someone had laid sod in a hotel parking lot. Even more unusual, this building has […]

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The Layover Gets a New Door

The Layover Gets a New Door

By on 17 September, 2014 in Bars, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments

We’ve long been vocal boosters of the Montgomery airport. Our local airport is close to our house and offers cheap parking, an easy check-in process, small-to-nonexistent security lines, free wireless access, plenty of plugs and comfy chairs (some of which are of the rocking variety). Sure, there are only a few airlines to choose from […]

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Green Chile Alert

Green Chile Alert

By on 25 August, 2014 in Food, Kate and Stephen with 4 Comments

What does home smell like for you? I’m from New Mexico, and for me home has two very distinct smells. First among these is pinon, usually burned as wood or incense. It’s a very unique smoky and ancient odor which you really should experience if you haven’t already. After all, you’ve only got five senses. […]

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The Quest for Vegetarian Barbecue

The Quest for Vegetarian Barbecue

By on 3 July, 2014 in Food, Kate and Stephen with 2 Comments

This summer, it’ll be 20 years since I gave up eating meat. It was a bit of an impulsive decision at the time, based on some things I had been reading about ethics (I took a philosophy major in college, something that basically qualified me to flip burgers, as my father often pointed out). I […]

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Real Estate

Shattering Some Misconceptions about Homebuying

Shattering Some Misconceptions about Homebuying

By on 27 October, 2014 in Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

It’s fascinating to me how stuff gets passed off from person to person “as the Gospel truth.” And fictions about the homebuying process are among the most widely spread mis-truths going around today. So if you — or someone you care about — is thinking about buying a home this fall, listen up! Misconception: If […]

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Don’t Just Sit There … Do Something!

Don’t Just Sit There … Do Something!

By on 11 September, 2014 in Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 2 Comments

Rarely a day goes by that I don’t receive a call from one or more Midtown resident who is angry and/or distressed by the condition of a nearby property. Generally I suggest that the caller contact Montgomery’s great 311 service to file a complaint. Sometimes that actually gets done, and often it does not. It […]

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Downtown Redevelopment and Dexter

Downtown Redevelopment and Dexter

April 16 will mark the one decade anniversary of the first-ever pitch at Riverwalk Stadium. The baseball field is more than the home to the Montgomery Biscuits. It’s also a symbol of downtown Montgomery’s rebirth. Many Montgomery residents don’t even remember a time before the stadium was completed in 2004. They can’t imagine the downtown […]

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Location, Location, Location!

Location, Location, Location!

By on 15 November, 2013 in Real Estate with 1 Comment

Never has this expression been truer than when buying property with resale in mind! Many buyers I work with, usually local and familiar with the area, are extremely location sensitive. This can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. Some people want to be in a certain school district, some […]

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Other Recent Posts

Picture of the Week: November 3, 2014

By on 4 November, 2014 in Brian Holt, Picture of the Week with 0 Comments
Picture of the Week: November 3, 2014

Brian’s Thoughts: “True is a true Cloverdale treasure. I believe this black and white captured the brisk fall feeling outside with the warmth of life and love coming from the inside. Or maybe it was the vanilla and nutmeg poached pear dessert that really drew me in…” Photographer Brian Holt (www.holtconnections.com) has recently moved to town […]

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Picture of the Week: October 28, 2014

By on 28 October, 2014 in Brian Holt, Picture of the Week with 0 Comments
Picture of the Week: October 28, 2014

Brian’s Thoughts: “Only the ideas that we really live have any value.” ~ Hermann Hesse. I came across this quote on Saturday. It inspired me to find a new perspective of an old scene. It is often said that we don’t need amazing ideas to be successful. But to simply start with a basic idea […]

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Picture of the Week, October 21, 2014

By on 22 October, 2014 in Brian Holt, Fun, Picture of the Week with 0 Comments
Picture of the Week, October 21, 2014

Brian’s Thoughts: “I was so excited about yoga in the park coming back to Cloverdale, that I went out to capture an image for it. Don’t worry- it will not be up in a tree. Yoga in the park will be held at Cloverdale Park this Sunday, October 26th, at 4:30pm-6:00pm. Also to keep with […]

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Play Parade: The Origins of Greatness

By on 20 October, 2014 in Art, Fun, Kate and Stephen with 1 Comment
Play Parade: The Origins of Greatness

Starting this weekend, there’s some art on display at Alabama State that will knock your socks off. The Play Parade show, featuring the work of three of the most important young local artists (Kellie Newsome, Winfred Hawkins and LG Waldo), starts this weekend and runs through the first week of November. It’s a free showcase […]

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Race Review: Capitol 10 Miler

By on 17 October, 2014 in Fun, Meg Lewis with 0 Comments
Race Review: Capitol 10 Miler

Last Saturday a brand new race debuted in Montgomery called the Capitol 10 Miler. Organized by Fleet Feet Sports Montgomery and Centerpoint Church, the 10 mile race was set on the second Saturday of October to offer a long distance run for those who enjoyed running the Montgomery Half Marathon at this time. The Montgomery […]

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Picture of the Week, October 15, 2014

By on 15 October, 2014 in Brian Holt, Picture of the Week with 1 Comment
Picture of the Week, October 15, 2014

Brian’s Thoughts: Last week I quickly passed the construction mess downtown. But after a second look I came to realize that the art of transition and transformation is beautiful. I really like how this captures the old, new, and everything in between all in one shot.” Photographer Brian Holt (www.holtconnections.com) has recently moved to town and […]

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South Capitol Parkway Past & Present Fun

By on 10 October, 2014 in City Living, Fun, Karren Pell with 0 Comments
South Capitol Parkway Past & Present Fun

Because the annual Capitol Heights by Candlelight Christmas Tour will feature homes on South Capitol Parkway this year, I thought it would be fun to look at some history and some the folk tales about that famous parkway in that famous neighborhood. Before that, though, a friendly reminder: The holidays are just around the corner, […]

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Haunted Houses 2014

By on 8 October, 2014 in Fun, Holidays, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Haunted Houses 2014

I. On fear and the escape from our domestic lives We don’t quite understand fear. The things that make us afraid (i.e., a plane crash) are far less likely to kill us than our regular lives (i.e., driving a car). Also, the things that scare us are different than the things that induce dread. We […]

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Picture of the Week, October 7, 2014

By on 7 October, 2014 in Brian Holt, Picture of the Week with 1 Comment
Picture of the Week, October 7, 2014

Brian’s Thoughts: This week I took the 2 minute drive north across Highway 85 to do a little urban exploration. The best part about living in Midtown is the quick access to downtown. I was working on some images of the Capitol Monday evening and when I turned around, this surreal sunset was waiting for me. […]

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Over the Moon for ASU’s Rent

By on 6 October, 2014 in Lynne Schneider with 0 Comments
Over the Moon for ASU’s Rent

Rent debuted Friday night at ASU’s Tullibody Fine Arts Center. Jonathan Larson’s 1996 award-winning rock opera chronicles a year in the life of a hipster tenement on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Poor, young New York City artists struggle to find love, to express themselves, to feed their habits, and to hang on to unheated, electricity-free […]

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The Ties That Bind

By on 3 October, 2014 in Lynne Burford, Pets with 0 Comments
The Ties That Bind

The sadness of a senior citizen having to find a new home for the dog he loved for 14 years is heavy on my heart today. My rescue was asked to take in a senior dog who belongs to a senior citizen who has been forced to move and who cannot take or find family […]

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Local Man Seeks Ha Ha for Woof Woofs

By on 1 October, 2014 in Fun, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Local Man Seeks Ha Ha for Woof Woofs

It takes a lot of hubris to describe an event as an “Ego Trip for a Good Cause,” but local comedian Rudy Banes is both self-promoting and dangerously funny. He’s also poking a bit of fun at an era of self-serving philanthropy. Besides, it’s not all a solitary exercise in noble vanity. Banes is sharing […]

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