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Monday, December 27, 2004

Small Town Love

A chick from the Birmingham News talked to us a few weeks ago about a story she was writing on affordable old houses in the region where we live. Guess we didn't make it into the story, but it's still an interesting read.

We live in an area known as the Black Belt, a swath of poor, rural counties across central Alabama with fertile soil but not much else. Back in the pre-War of Northern Aggression (I'm kidding about that, really) days, this part of the state was home to lots of rich landowners. So some of our prettiest antebellum mansions are here. The only problem is that with the serious economic depression in these areas, no one wants to come here and buy them.

'Cept us. We love this quiet, little place. Folks here are old house lovers to the core.


Anonymous said...

I hate how all the prettiest old houses seem to be in the worst areas. This was killing us when we were house hunting. Found some great affordable old houses but they were always in questionable areas.

There are some gorgeous stone and brick mansions around us that would be amazing homes with a little work, but they'll never be restored because you'd be risking your safety just living there.

On the other hand, there are tons of old buildings being saved every day..... Syracuse, the city I work in, has been revitalized quite a bit in the last few years. Many of the old city buildings have been renovated. Parts of the downtown area are actually trendy now, whereas ten years ago they were just scary and unsafe. So there's hope!


9:45 AM  
Kristin said...

I work in Tuscaloosa, and the downtown area is being revitalized there, also. The problem with Tuscaloosa is it's a university town, so most of the historic districts are right next to run-down rental neighborhoods swarming with loud, drunken college students (we were named the No. 3 party school in the nation a couple years ago). Yet the houses there are still expensive ... or at least out of our current price range.

I was a student not so long ago, but I've become a crochety old lady at 23.

10:21 AM  

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