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Montgomery’s Mayoral Race

Montgomery’s Mayoral Race

By on 13 July, 2015 in Government, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments

Last week, we joined what seemed like a few hundred other interested Montgomery citizens at the first of several forums featuring the candidates who want to be our city’s next mayor. It was a pretty packed house at the Crump Senior Center. The event was sponsored by the East Montgomery Neighborhood Association and the Midtown […]

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Coalition Seeks New Solutions for Historic Preservation

Coalition Seeks New Solutions for Historic Preservation

Even if you don’t live in one of Montgomery’s beautiful historic districts, you still benefit from their character and distinctiveness. Aesthetically, they are a joy to walk or drive through. Economically, they help us all by generating tourism and marketing our distinctive character to prospective new residents. But as the city grows and changes, preserving […]

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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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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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Films Set (or Made) in Montgomery

Films Set (or Made) in Montgomery

By on 8 October, 2012 in Art, Historic Midtown, Kate and Stephen with 4 Comments

Although nearly everything about media consumption has changed in the last decade, people still love movies. People like going to see thoughtful independent pieces and big blockbusters, even as options for consuming films have proliferated onto phones and portable devices. The Capri is one of Montgomery’s most beloved institutions, and will always be a great […]

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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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Barking for a Park … Our Own Way

If you followed the PetSafe “Bark for Your Park” $100,000 grant giveaway contest, you no doubt have heard that Montgomery came in fourth in the voting with 26,000 ballots cast. Huntingdon, West Virginia — with a population of just 50,000 residents — managed to pile up an amazing 87,854 votes and walk away the victor. […]

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Huntingdon’s Future

Huntingdon’s Future

By on 17 June, 2011 in Sandra Nickel, Schools with 1 Comment

If you’re a Midtown resident, you very probably are intimately familiar with the blocks of East Fairview between South Court Street and Narrow Lane Road. After all, that 16-block stretch contains some of the area’s most beautiful and stately old homes, the beloved Cloverdale Five Points entertainment district, the entrance to the Montgomery Country Club […]

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Jubilee Brewfest

Jubilee Brewfest

By on 23 May, 2011 in Bars, City Living, Food, Fun, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments

It may be hard to believe for newer Montgomery transplants, but Jubilee CityFest used to be extremely cool. It used to draw great, nationally-recognized touring acts who played at stages set up around downtown – similar to Birmingham’s City Stages before its recent ignominious and embarrassing downfall. Check out this surprising list of previous years’ […]

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