Midtown: A Beacon of Diversity

By on 31 July, 2013 in Historic Midtown, Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 1 Comment

It happened again this past weekend. I got a call from a friend who had another friend that needed advice about whether to stay in her Midtown neighborhood or move elsewhere. I don’t know for sure, but I imagine there were those pressing her to move to a part of the city that is less integrated, telling her stuff like, “It’s not safe there” or, “Your property value is in the toilet.”

Because that’s the kind of garbage I often hear from proud Midtowners whose friends just don’t “get” our love for this part of town and our desire to live our lives here together.

For this particular friend of a friend, it was my pleasure to do a detailed study of home sales in her particular subdivision of Brentwood. Going back to 2003, it showed that there was a time when “white flight” was occurring and property values were headed down. And it also showed that property values in recent years had not only stabilized, but were now headed back up.

I shared this information with her and she was so very relieved because Midtown is home and she wanted to stay. Her heart was already committed to this area and lifestyle. The facts allowed her brain to be comfortable as well.

Midtown is Montgomery’s most diverse area. We have rich (think about the area south of Huntingdon College) and poor; old and young; gay and straight; black and white. When same-sex or multi-racial couples are considering a move to our city, their co-workers-to-be usually recommend that they locate in the central part of town, because here we not only tolerate but truly embrace that diversity. In fact, we celebrate it!

Business people in Montgomery “get” it. The Chamber of Commerce “gets” it. In fact, on September 17 the Chamber will host Montgomery’s 6th Annual Diversity Summit. It will be day full of fabulous speakers from all over the country, who will talk not just racial diversity, but gender, generational, etc. The Hat Team is proud to be a sponsor and hopes that you will register early because it’s always a sell-out!

In introducing his Points of Light initiative, President George H.W. Bush said, “We are a nation of communities … a brilliant diversity spread like stars, like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky.” Personally, I think one of those brilliant points of light is Midtown Montgomery!

Sandra Nickel has been listing and selling residential real estate for thirty years, most with an intense focus on Montgomery’s Midtown neighborhoods. Sandra serves on the Mid-Alabama Coalition for the Homeless, the Cloverdale Business Coalition, Historic Southview, the Volunteer and Information Center, Landmarks Foundation and her own neighborhood Garden District Preservation Association.

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