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  •  Anyone with children. (1+ / 0-)
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    The school system is a hot mess. The city will never be right  until that is addressed. But those of us without children (or those whose children are now grown) have numerous reasons to stay and are in fact doing so.

    Like the diarist, I'm a native of the metro area. I grew up in Cahaba Heights.  The city neighborhood where I've lived the past 10 years is just as safe and non-trivially cheaper. And I don't have to deal with 280 or 65 traffic.

    Violent crime in particular is heavily concentrated in a few areas. That's got to be addressed as well, but this notion that you take your life in your hands if you step one pinky toe anywhere inside city limits is nonsense. I walk between home and my pinko lefty Episcopal parish. Yep, even for choir practice at night.

    I have easy access to grocery, pharmacy, doctors, etc. Food and entertainment choices are varied, interesting, and come in a variety of price ranges. No malls in the city, but Brookwood is 10 minutes from my house.

    And let's be clear. I am not high-income medical faculty, living on a gated Red Mountain estate. I am straight down the middle of the middle class. My  neighborhood includes a mix of multi- and single-family housing, rental and owner-occupied. It's diverse on a number of measures: race, national origin, gender, orientation, education, occupation ... . My federal, state and local representatives are all Democrats (of varying stripes, but it's not tea-ville like the 'burbs).

    My conscious memories of the city go back to the early 70s. Straight out of college (27 years ago),  you could not have paid me to live in Birmingham proper. It really was that bad.

    But the last 10 years or so, things have really turned around. It's not what I remember from early childhood. But we're moving in the right direction. Now you couldn't pay me to leave.

    Just because you're not a drummer doesn't mean that you don't have to keep time. -- T. Monk

    by susanala on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 10:39:30 AM PDT

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