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Sitting on the banks of the Alabama River, our state capital has plenty to brag about: a storied past that set the stage for both the Civil War and later the Civil Rights Movement; a newly revitalized downtown, complete with a riverboat, championship baseball team and a burgeoning entertainment district; shopping and restaurant choices galore across the city; and the list goes on, creating a high quality of life for all.
Anna Buckalew, Senior Vice President of the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, said, “Montgomery offers an excellent quality of life on a number of fronts—amenities, cultural, recreational, family activities, entertainment, great neighborhood options and strong schools. Part of what we find when people are relocating to Montgomery is that they are looking for a quality place—a great education and activities for their kids, family, faith, recreation and entertainment, excellent healthcare options, a variety of residential choices, economic opportunities, safety and an easy-going lifestyle. Montgomery and the River Region have all that, and with no two-hour traffic commutes!”
But it’s not all play and no work. Montgomery cemented its reputation of being a city beneficial for business when Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama came to town, and today, the outlook is just as rosy. Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, HYPO (Hyundai Power Transformers USA), CNHI (Community Newspaper Holdings Inc.), Raycom Media, Sabic Innovative Plastics, Rheem Water Heaters, Baptist Health and Jackson Hospital are but a few examples of Montgomery’s stable economy.
In addition, Montgomery has a vibrant cultural scene. “We are so blessed to have a tremendous arts community—the Shakespeare Festival, museums, Blount Cultural Park, the ballet, the Montgomery Chorale, the Symphony, and a folk and visual arts community too,” Buckalew said.
The city of Montgomery has also made its mark in history. “Montgomery is unique in that we are the birthplace of two of the most dynamic events that have happened in the history of the world: the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement,” Buckalew said. “Montgomery has actually been listed as one of the country’s most historically significant cities. This heritage makes Montgomery not only a tourist destination, but it greatly enriches our residents’ quality of life.”
This progressive city is now undergoing great positive change. The downtown and Riverfront areas feature a new four-star hotel, convention center and an 1,800-seat performing arts centre, plus the spectacular Riverwalk and Amphitheater. The new Alleyway entertainment district, also downtown, includes restaurants, bars and retail shops—all surrounded by the unique ambiance only historic buildings and the scenic Alabama River can offer. With Mayor Todd Strange and the City Council leading the charge, this revitalization is a great example of how the private and public sectors have come together to work for the best in Montgomery.
While it will never abandon its heritage, Montgomery is moving ever forward, and its many offerings and options make it a great choice for both families and young professionals.
Market District & the Alley The urban resurgence is marching down Dexter Avenue towards the Alley Entertainment District. More than 150 new loft apartments are being constructed in historic and new buildings alike. With even more events and restaurants coming to downtown, urban professionals are flocking to these new modern, hip digs.
Old Cloverdale Some of the city’s oldest and most architecturally interesting homes can be found in these historic and garden areas. The camaraderie of these residents can be seen as they walk to A&P Lofts or enjoying a Sunday afternoon concert on the lawn.
Midtown Smack in the middle of Montgomery, this area is known for its shopping, restaurants and parks. Zelda Place is affectionately named after F. Scott Fitzgerald’s wife, whose family resided in Montgomery and whose house can still be toured—they also have an annual 20’s Gala complete with flapper dresses and wide-legged suits.
West Montgomery Home of the Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base and many of our technology park businesses, this area is growing and bringing more businesses to our city.
The Boulevard Making a circle from the North to the South side of town, the Eastern Boulevard is generally considered the boundary between East Montgomery and the Midtown/Old Cloverdale areas. It is home to the over 300 acre Blount Cultural Park that houses ASF, MMFA and the largest area Dog Park.
East Montgomery Home to the newer housing developments, this area is bustling with malls, retail and a little more traffic congestion. However, traffic in this smaller capital city is always manageable, while the food and shopping is plentiful.