In Praise of Small Town Living

By on 8 March, 2017 in Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

My husband and I have just returned from a two-week swing through the South as a part of a family reunion. Our homecoming finds me newly appreciative of the many benefits of small town living, particularly in our town-within-a-town, Midtown Montgomery.

Our first stop on the adventure was to visit a dear friend in New Orleans. He took us to see the newly remodeled Ponchatrain Hotel, where we stood in line for a good while to access the rooftop bar. The line was “managed” by a huge burly man whom I could only describe as a bouncer. And it was his job to deter drunks and generally keep the peace.

The stunning view

The stunning view

The views were incredible and we had to stand because the crowd far exceeded the amount of available seating. Speaking of crowds, did I mention this was the weekend before the weekend before Mardi Gras? The traffic in New Orleans wasn’t bad as we came into town on Interstate 10 — that is, until we approached the Canal Street (Mardi Gras nerve center) exit. Then it became one huge parking lot! It took us an hour to go about two miles.

That was “big city story #1.” Story number two was being played out in our friend’s back yard. Not more than six feet from the side of his home, there were workers applying new siding to the house “next door.” And that home is multi-story and has great views into our friend’s house and yard. Talk about cozy — not!!

The view next door

The view next door

Story number three takes place in Deep Ellum, a downtown Dallas arts and entertainment district popular (it turns out) with everyone who in that city who qualifies as a Millennial. We had taken our brother-in-law to the Pecan Lodge because it was his birthday and he wanted some real Texas barbecue and it was supposed to be the best of the best. We stood in line for over an hour outside then joined the crowd in line inside for still another hour. The food was good, and frankly no better than Montgomery’s own Dreamland.

The line for BBQ

The line for BBQ

Just for good measure, the fates allowed us at least one more big city experience that would forever convince us we’ve got the best of all worlds. The next day we drove from Dallas to Plano to see a theater production. Mind you, this was a Sunday afternoon, and we were headed north away from Dallas. Yet the traffic was thicker than Montgomery’s at its worst and far, far heavier than we will ever see in Midtown!

So next time you’re inclined to whine that there’s nothing to do here, just think you could be stuck in traffic or standing in an hours-long line someplace. Then you, too, will sing the praises of small town living in our beloved Midtown Montgomery!

Sandra Nickel has been listing and selling residential real estate for over 30 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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