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Emergencies in Montgomery: Dialing 911

Emergencies in Montgomery: Dialing 911

The ability of the government to respond to an emergency is one of the most important reasons we pay taxes. But theoretical talk about the “common good” can quickly fade away when there’s a emergency threatening the security of your loved ones or those around you. In those kinds of crises, you want to summon […]

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Museum of Alabama

Museum of Alabama

By on 14 April, 2014 in Fun, Government, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments

“If you know your history, then you will know where you are coming from.” — Bob Marley, “Buffalo Soldier” It’s especially validating when something lives up to the hype. It feels like you’ve gotten good advice, the reviews can be trusted, the thing is as good as advertised. I had no particular reason to be […]

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Gateway Park

By on 8 January, 2014 in City Living, City services, Fun, Government, Outdoors, Parks with 0 Comments

We love public parks. They are the quintessential example of government spending for the common good. Even in an era where people are constantly staring at phones or computer screens, pretty much everybody enjoys open green spaces. Having parks encourages exercise, which is a public health virtue, and property located near parks is always worth […]

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Should Montgomery Stop Payday Lending?

Should Montgomery Stop Payday Lending?

It’s amazing what you can find in your blind spots. I’ve driven past payday lending storefronts for what feels like my entire life (actually they’ve only been around since the 1990s), but until recently, I had never even given a second thought to what goes on in those shops. Sure, the signs say “loans,” but […]

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Grillmaster Bentley and the People’s House

Grillmaster Bentley and the People’s House

By on 26 June, 2013 in Carole King, Food, Government with 2 Comments

As the blistering, hot part of summer approaches you might be expecting things to cool down … but noooooooooooooooooooo! With the state of Alabama celebrating the Year of Alabama Food 2013, Governor and Mrs. Bentley have decided to invite everyone to the Governor’s Mansion for an all American/Alabama cookout—Grill with the Governor! On Tuesday evening, […]

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Getting on the River

Getting on the River

We take the Alabama River for granted. It runs through the middle of our beautiful city and throughout the existence of the city it has been an important resource. In the early days, it was key to commerce and has been the site of everything from ship building to fishing to water skiing. For too […]

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When Life Closes a Window, It Opens a New Window

When Life Closes a Window, It Opens a New Window

Almost everyone that has purchased an older home has — at some point — questioned the decision making of a previous owner. In our case, there’s a part of our 1930 house that has been somewhat annoying for a couple of years now. Although it isn’t our least favorite part of our home, one potentially amazing part […]

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Christmas at the Governor’s Mansion

Christmas at the Governor’s Mansion

On Monday, the holiday spirit moved us. Well, to be fair, the promise of getting a look inside the Governor’s Mansion moved us. But we also can’t say no to a festive display this time of year. Even after living in Montgomery for years and driving by the mansion on Perry just about every single […]

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Alabama National Fair

Alabama National Fair

A lot of prose has been devoted over the years to talking about the annual county fair as some great symbol of autumn, waxing poetic about the waxing harvest moon, and considerable carrying on about agricultural festivals, celebrating the start of the march into winter. While all of that is great in its own cliched […]

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Public Art

Public Art

By on 15 June, 2012 in Art, City Living, Fun, Government with 0 Comments

Last night at One Dexter Plaza, the City of Montgomery’s Development Department held an Idea Factory on public art. It was a huge success. About 50 people showed up bubbling with ideas. The setup was impressive, offering categories and visuals of different kinds of public art – engagement, formal and functional – to make the […]

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