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Our City’s New Public Pool!

Our City’s New Public Pool!

“Swimming pools and public space generally have the potential to foster a vibrant community life by counteracting many of the segmenting and alienating aspects of modern life. They offer an informal social space — a meeting ground — where people separated by differences, large yards and high fences, busy lives, and electronic entertainment can interact […]

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How Do We Take the Bus?

How Do We Take the Bus?

I didn’t have to work today, and wanted very much to finally make good on my multi-year goal of taking the bus somewhere, anywhere really. I decided to go to the mall. I had heard that there was a new comic book store in Eastdale Mall, and I wanted to check it out. At 10:54 […]

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Starting off 2016 in Montgomery

Starting off 2016 in Montgomery

Regular readers of MML know that we love to do the classic “annual review,” sometimes jamming it together with forecasts, wishes and resolutions about the coming year. It’s fun to think back over the previous year, while throwing out some guesses about what may be in store. Several years ago, we were ambitious and did […]

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Where to Recycle in Montgomery and Beyond

Where to Recycle in Montgomery and Beyond

By on 2 November, 2015 in City services with 2 Comments

For those not following the news that closely, the City of Montgomery informed us a few weeks ago that the $35 million “world class” recycling facility here was closing indefinitely, with all the workers laid off. We’ve written about this pretty extensively elsewhere, but when long-time reader Tess Ware wrote to us with her list […]

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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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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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Does the City Pick Up Dead Animals?

Does the City Pick Up Dead Animals?

By on 27 September, 2013 in Carole King, City services with 1 Comment

In case you haven’t noticed…we have a great Sanitation Department, at least the guys on our Capitol Parkway route are fabulous. And that’s a really stinky job. We can make their work a little more pleasant and a little less malodorous by following some guidelines. Even though the roll-out can is City property, cleaning it […]

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Where Should I Take My … ?

Where Should I Take My … ?

By on 1 August, 2012 in City Living, City services, Kate and Stephen with 6 Comments

Part of modern life is having things and wondering what to do with them. We live in a world of material items, ranging from the exceptionally useful to wasteful debris. Sometimes these useful things evolve. Sometimes they become obsolete. Sometimes they just break. But it is an ongoing struggle to live in a world that […]

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Input Needed: Solid Waste

Input Needed: Solid Waste

Here in Montgomery folks just don’t think too much about our trash. With twice-weekly pickups, it really doesn’t stay around that long. Ever think about where it goes after it leaves your curb? Montgomery trash goes to the North Montgomery Sanitary Landfill, one of 32 landfills around the state. It turns out that Alabama is […]

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Cypress Nature Park Charette

Cypress Nature Park Charette

Until we moved to Montgomery, we’d never heard of a charrette before. For those not in the know, the term “charrette” basically means a session where people get together to come up with a design for a shared project. Wikipedia is pretty sketchy on the term’s origins – the root of the word is French […]

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