Legal Issues

Condemnation Confabulation

Condemnation Confabulation

The City of Montgomery made national headlines recently — and not in a good way. The kerfuffle involves city actions that some pundits are framing as “eminent domain through the back door.” The phrase “eminent domain” sets off alarm bells in large numbers of people, particularly after the United States Supreme Court’s controversial 2005 decision […]

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Lowder Property Rezoning

Lowder Property Rezoning

Regular MML readers know that we’re closely following the debates over re-zoning in Cloverdale Five Points (the part of town with Sinclair’s and The Capri). For those not as geeked out about zoning as we are, the story so far is basically that the City wants to switch over to SmartCode in this part of […]

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Intro to Green Spaces

Intro to Green Spaces

On the evening of July 27, 2010, I attended the event at MAX Credit Union where Mayor Todd Strange spoke to our group of young professionals. The theme, “The Future of Montgomery,” was very relevant and timely. I believe that we are at a pivotal point in the development of our city where young professionals like […]

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Cloverdale SmartCode Update

Cloverdale SmartCode Update

Last Thursday and Friday the City of Montgomery’s Planning Department held public meetings in the basement of the Cloverdale Playhouse. The meetings were open-ended, come-when-you-can affairs, designed to share information about the Planning Department’s proposal for implementing SmartCode in the Five Points business district. Like many folks from all over Midtown, we wandered down to […]

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Todd Strange Speaks to Emerge

Todd Strange Speaks to Emerge

We first heard about the “Future of Montgomery” program by way of Facebook. Hey, we live in Montgomery! We think about the future! Perfect! The Facebook event told us that the program would be put on by a group called Emerge Montgomery, which we were unfamiliar with, and would be held at a center of […]

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SmartCode for Cloverdale? Community Meetings Invite Input

SmartCode for Cloverdale? Community Meetings Invite Input

Odds are that many MML readers were in receipt of an email circulated last month rallying folks to protest against what were described as immediate plans to build a big box pharmacy store on the corner of Boultier and East Fairview. Garish lighting? Impermeable cover? Parking lots? Hopefully by now most people know this was […]

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The Ghost of Martha Manor

The Ghost of Martha Manor

We were used to them, in a sad kind of way. The Martha Manor Apartments on Wilmington were a kind of neighborhood landmark. And not in a good way. The apartments were long-abandoned, desolate, scary and certainly not the kind of place you’d want to be walking near at night. The words “NO COPPER” were […]

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Mortgage 101: After a Divorce

Mortgage 101: After a Divorce

Part of living in Midtown Montgomery is finding the right living arrangements. And there’s a lot more to getting a historic home than just worrying about upkeep and maintenance. As such, we at MML are happy to be able to offer periodic posts about buying property or dealing with the issues surrounding real estate transactions. […]

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