Around 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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South Capitol Parkway Past & Present Fun

South Capitol Parkway Past & Present Fun

By on 10 October, 2014 in City Living, Fun, Karren Pell with 0 Comments

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

Haunted Houses 2014

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

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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The Ties That Bind

The Ties That Bind

By on 3 October, 2014 in Lynne Burford, Pets with 0 Comments

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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Historic Midtown

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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Conservation Projects with Surprises at the Governor’s Mansion

Conservation Projects with Surprises at the Governor’s Mansion

By on 18 June, 2014 in Art, Carole King, Historic preservation with 2 Comments

Restoration of the public rooms of the Governor’s Mansion continues with the completion of two art conservation projects. Recently, First Lady Dianne Bentley presided over the unveiling of the newly conserved painting in the Mansion’s historic collection, Mountain Tops in Snow, painted by Thomas Moran in 1878 and donated to the Mansion in 1977. The […]

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Eating Midtown

Local Man Seeks Ha Ha for Woof Woofs

Local Man Seeks Ha Ha for Woof Woofs

By on 1 October, 2014 in Bars, Fun, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments

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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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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Real Estate

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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Gone Fishin’

Gone Fishin’

By on 1 October, 2013 in Legal Issues, Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 3 Comments

So a lot of federal employees are out of work as of today. “I’m not headed to a National Park,” you may say, “so it matters not to me.” Or perhaps your response is that you think a lot fewer federal worker bees is really a good idea. Chances are, you see little (if any) […]

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Other Recent Posts

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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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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Picture of the Week, September 30, 2014

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Picture of the Week, September 30, 2014

Brian’s Thoughts: So even with this overcast weather we have been having lately, I’ve learned that you never quite know what is going to happen at sunset. I had all but given up on hoping for a little light to peak through the clouds…but then on my way to get an after dinner treat from Cafe […]

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The Magrath Sisters from Hazelhurst, MS

By on 30 September, 2014 in Fun, Greg Thornton with 0 Comments
The Magrath Sisters from Hazelhurst, MS

“Some really good things kind of swing both ways and I like to see people that can swing really, really, really sad and horrible and terrible and really, really, really beautiful and funny.”  -Beth Henley We have just begun rehearsals this week for Beth Henley’s wonderful Crimes of the Heart, directed by Maureen Costello. I […]

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Picture of the Week: September 23, 2014

By on 23 September, 2014 in Brian Holt, Outdoors with 0 Comments
Picture of the Week: September 23, 2014

Brian’s Thoughts: It doesn’t get much better then this – Yoga in Cloverdale-Idlewild’s “Bottom” Park. While I had images of the big group actually doing yoga, I really liked this one. I feel as though it captures many of the attributes that define our wonderful community: close friendships and the ability to participate in local […]

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Singing the Blues and Hollering “Boo”

By on 19 September, 2014 in Karren Pell with 0 Comments
Singing the Blues and Hollering “Boo”

The Old Alabama Town Revue starts its fourth season on October 2 at 7 p.m. We are still on the first Thursday of every other month. We are still happily in the Old Church on Columbus Street in Old Alabama Town. We still have the band. I call us the OAT Crue. However, I am […]

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Picture of the Week, September 16, 2014

By on 16 September, 2014 in Brian Holt, Picture of the Week with 0 Comments
Picture of the Week, September 16, 2014

Brian’s Thoughts: There is something very interesting about this area between Cloverdale Rd and Galena St. Maybe it is the way the light comes through the old trees at sunset or the calming flow of water off the fountain. While everything appeared so green and lush when I took this photo, I thought viewing the image […]

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Picture of the Week, September 9, 2014

By on 9 September, 2014 in Brian Holt, Picture of the Week with 1 Comment
Picture of the Week, September 9, 2014

Brian’s Thoughts: This image really doesn’t need much explanation. However, the best part to me is the multitude of unique features that exist within such a relatively small area. I often leave my house with camera in hand and a grand vision for what I want to capture that week, only to find myself discovering something […]

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Firing Range: Montgomery Indoor Shooting Complex

By on 8 September, 2014 in Fun, Kate and Stephen, Municipal business with 0 Comments
Firing Range: Montgomery Indoor Shooting Complex

Guns occupy a complicated space in our culture. They’re physical tangible things, similar in some ways to household appliances or tools. But they spark high octane debates that touch on everything from the U.S. Constitution to crime statistics. Even the folks that think handguns ought to be illegal (except for police and military uses) would […]

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Picture of the Week, September 2, 2014

By on 2 September, 2014 in Brian Holt, Picture of the Week with 0 Comments
Picture of the Week, September 2, 2014

Brian’s Thoughts: Initially this week I was drawn toward the Historic Union Station Train Shed but accidentally came across this image of a train coming around the tracks downtown. It feels good to be back in the city, it isn’t often you come across a train in the suburbs! Photographer Brian Holt (www.holtconnections.com) has recently […]

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Picture of the Week, August 26, 2014

By on 26 August, 2014 in Brian Holt, Picture of the Week with 2 Comments
Picture of the Week, August 26, 2014

Brian’s Thoughts: After a weekend of record heat, I found my creativity being forced to places that one could cool off in our community.  This image was taken at the Splashpad located in Riverfront Park, one of the coolest places to hang out with the kids. Photographer Brian Holt (www.holtconnections.com) has recently moved to town […]

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