Around Midtown

Firing Range: Montgomery Indoor Shooting Complex

Firing Range: Montgomery Indoor Shooting Complex

By on 8 September, 2014 in Fun, Kate and Stephen, Municipal business with 0 Comments

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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Dollhouse Toy Store

Dollhouse Toy Store

By on 18 August, 2014 in Fun, Kate and Stephen, Shopping with 0 Comments

A shop in Midtown that once specialized in dolls and dollhouses is under new ownership and has broadened out to be a full-service comprehensive toy store with a really unique inventory. You should care about this news if: 1. You believe in the importance of supporting local businesses. New owner Joseph Johnson, recently retired from […]

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Neighborhood Goes to the Dogs

Neighborhood Goes to the Dogs

By on 6 August, 2014 in Fun, Pets, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

Usually when you read or hear that a neighborhood has “gone to the dogs,” that’s a bad thing.  It implies decay, disinvestment, etc. But in Montgomery’s historic Garden District, it means the neighborhood is celebrating National Night Out with its annual Pups On Parade.  Last night was the sixth annual occurrence of this mile-long parade […]

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Up the Alabama River … With a Paddle

Up the Alabama River … With a Paddle

By on 23 July, 2014 in Fun, Jesseca Cornelson, Outdoors with 0 Comments

I’ve previously written about Alabama’s many rivers and my love of kayaking on the Coosa here before, and last year Kate and Stephen interviewed Alabama River Alliance’s executive director Cindy Lowry about Rivers of Alabama Day 2013. Last week, I was lucky enough to participate in ARA’s Defend Rivers Paddle, launching the new Defend Rivers […]

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Historic Midtown

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 1 Comment

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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Freedom and Dreams

Freedom and Dreams

Montgomery is full of history. That we all know. But as we go about our everyday lives, we sometimes miss the importance of certain sites. Wesley Phillips Newton ends his book on Montgomery and World War II, Montgomery in the Good War, with a story that left me saddened by the event he relates in […]

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Eating Midtown

Green Chile Alert

Green Chile Alert

By on 25 August, 2014 in Food, Kate and Stephen with 1 Comment

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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Downtown Curb Market

Downtown Curb Market

By on 16 June, 2014 in Food, Government, Kate and Stephen, Shopping with 2 Comments

It’s city-owned. It just got a face lift. And it’s full of delicious things to eat. Strangely, although we had heard a lot about (and even posted blog posts about) Montgomery’s curb market (1004 Madison Ave., next to Cramton Bowl), we had never been. That changed on Saturday, when we decided to make a post-lunch […]

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Off the Beaten Path: 11 Little Known Montgomery Restaurants

Off the Beaten Path: 11 Little Known Montgomery Restaurants

When I go to a new city, one of the first things I do is try and seek out tiny, locally owned restaurants. Yelp, Urbanspoon and Tripadvisor are good places to start, but some of the best neighborhood spots are either completely missing or underrepresented. The key is to figure out where locals eat, but […]

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Real Estate

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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Cottages! A Tour

Cottages! A Tour

An exciting new fall event will cater to our Midtown fascination with house tours and seeing how our neighbors live! The Old Cloverdale Spring Tour, Capitol Heights by Candlelight, the Cottage Hill Christmas Tour and the Old House Expo have been very successful in creating interest in old house living. This year, Landmarks Foundation and […]

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Other Recent Posts

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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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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Garden District Jewel Gets New Life

By on 20 August, 2014 in Carole King with 1 Comment
Garden District Jewel Gets New Life

One of Montgomery’s most notable residences, the Thigpen-Hill House, sits atop the South Perry Street hill several blocks south of Interstate 85. In a development we all can cheer for, the house is getting a new life. In 1969, my very first summer job was working at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art, which at […]

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Picture of the Week – August 19, 2014

By on 19 August, 2014 in Brian Holt with 0 Comments
Picture of the Week – August 19, 2014

Brian’s Thoughts: The porch is still a place to be seen, especially in Midtown Montgomery. It is great to see this unique and beautiful feature on so many homes! Photographer Brian Holt (www.holtconnections.com) has recently moved to town and will be sharing a photo with us every Tuesday.

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The Mysteries of the Capitol Heights School

By on 13 August, 2014 in Karren Pell with 4 Comments
The Mysteries of the Capitol Heights School

Some years ago, Carole King and I were working on the text for the historical marker on the site of the Capitol Heights School on Winona Avenue. Two incidents occurred recently that reminded me of some research mysteries regarding the school that are unsolved (at least so far). The first incident that brought all of […]

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Picture of the Week – August 5, 2014

By on 5 August, 2014 in Brian Holt, Picture of the Week with 3 Comments
Picture of the Week – August 5, 2014

We’re very pleased to introduce a new feature here at MML – the Picture of the Week. Photographer Brian Holt (www.holtconnections.com) has recently moved to town and will be sharing a photo with us every Tuesday. He will also provide some comments about the photo from his perspective. Please feel free to chime in with […]

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The Training Room

By on 4 August, 2014 in Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
The Training Room

I’ve never really gone in for fitness. I was actually cut from my childhood tee-ball team and almost failed to graduate from both high school and college because of missing P.E. credits. Every gym I’ve ever been in has left me cold at best, anxious at worst — so many machines that I didn’t know how […]

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Living with Midtown Montgomery Living

By on 21 July, 2014 in Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Living with Midtown Montgomery Living

We don’t do a whole lot of “meta” posts here at MML. Talking about the blog in the abstract is never as interesting as just working on producing interesting content and posting it. If the posts are well written (and somewhat decently circulated), people will comment and/or share the posts and things will just take […]

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For the Love of a Dog

By on 9 July, 2014 in Lynne Burford, Pets with 2 Comments
For the Love of a Dog

I recently helped find a home for a dog whose owner was forced to move to a nursing home. I did not know this man; I did not know the dog either, but a home health nurse called me when she found the dog had simply been put outside to fend for itself. Maybe a […]

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Young Actors at Play

By on 7 July, 2014 in Art, Fun, Greg Thornton with 0 Comments
Young Actors at Play

“In the United States, our greatest single source of wealth is the minds and talent of our young people. Not to use it is stupid – to waste it is a crime.” –Isaac Stern Our Playhouse School has been in existence for almost three years, yes, that makes us toddlers, I suppose. But we are […]

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Clybourne Park – A Review

By on 28 June, 2014 in Art, Fun, Jesseca Cornelson with 0 Comments
Clybourne Park – A Review

Montgomery truly has a treasure in the Cloverdale Playhouse. It’s a gorgeously renovated theater with a visionary artistic director in Greg Thornton, generous volunteers, and impressive local talent. For those not familiar with Bruce Norris’s Clybourne Park, the play’s first act picks up shortly after the end of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun […]

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