My home has been in Montgomery, AL for almost three years. I moved from New York, so there is a big difference in the people and the environment. There is a lot more history that you can see in Montgomery. Most of the people I have met are very friendly, and it's common to see neighbors sitting on their porch with a glass of something to drink while they watch the cars drive past. Many of the homes in the city are older with the large porches, big windows and siding that is of different colors. This is the kind of neighborhood I have dreamed of, and it's a good area to live.
If you like history, then this would be the place to at least visit because there are numerous museums and historical buildings. There aren't as many shopping centers as I like, but there are hints that this could change with a larger mall being developed. There are some smaller shops in the middle of town that you can walk to, and there are activities held in the town during the year. Christmas is a time when the lights come on for the shops, and it's like walking in a winter wonderland. The snow isn't always there, but you get the feeling of Christmas from the decorations. One of the things that the area is known for is the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. home. This is the home where he was raised as a child. There are mementos in the home including pictures and decorations from the house. Montgomery seems to have two sides. There are buildings for African Americans to enjoy and those for white people to enjoy as the area played a large role during the confederacy times.
I travelled to Montegomery for the weekend with some friends. We are all from big cities and where immediately taken aback by the southern feel and country atmosphere. We stuck out like a sore thumb and recieved the nastiest looks and attitude from the locals. As we were trying to navigate through the city we stopped to ask questions every now and then but we recieved more attitude and people where not friendly nor respectful. It is not as if we were dressed in a sexual explicit way we are a stylish bunch and put emphasis into the details of the way we dress such as shoes and accessories but nothing to take a double look at. We were fully aware that we are in the Bible Belt, so we made sure we weren't scantly dressed. We attempted to go out to go check out the nightlife and was treated like diseased cattle. It is obvious that some locals don't like big city people. They are not willing to network and make money. It's a shame the way we were treated we expected real southern hospitality. We came to network do business and bring some freshness to Montegomery but I'm afraid to say this city will never be a stopping point again.
I am a single man who loves sightseeing and was recently touring the country in an RV with some buddies of mine. We decided to mark off Montgomery, Alabama on the map because we've heard good things about it and stopped by for a few days.
I cannot begin to describe how beautiful the scenery was throughout the entire state of Alabama. Montgomery is surprisingly one of the most pulchritudinous cities I've ever passed through and certainly plan on coming back. First of all, nature - everything including the flowers, trees, etc. - were beyond colorful and vibrant. That may be odd for a man to say but all of my friends were also struck with awe on how gorgeous Mother Nature was settled in Montgomery. We ate at some good restaurants and the community was exceptionally welcoming and nice. One kind old woman even invited us into her house for some warm apple pie - we respectfully declined her invitation but were grateful for the opportunity. You don't get that kind of kindness in most places you visit.
I would have to say that throughout my entire tour of the country, I bought the most memorabilia in Montgomery - they have so many shops and marketplaces where you can purchase anything from a trinket or keychain to a full kitchenware set for little cost. The shopping areas there are exceptional.
If you haven't had a chance to experience the beauty Montgomery has to offer, I advise you pack your bags and book the next flight. It is a natural experience of a lifetime.
I grew up in Montgomery, AL in the 1990's. At the time, the city seemed more than a little boring but it was a very family oriented town. Recently, I returned to Montgomery for a high school reunion and was pleasantly surprised at how Montgomery is growing. The city has added several large size shopping-plaza style malls with trendy boutiques and other specialty stores. Montgomery's largest colleges Auburn University at Montgomery and Alabama State University have both grown larger with new buildings and dorms.
Even with the growth Montgomery remains a great family town. Some of the city's largest employers include Maxwell and Gunter Air Force bases and Hyundai has opened an automotive plant just a few miles from the city limit. Montgomery has several great public and private schools for children. Families can also enjoy picnics and volleyball at the state parks and fishing at several area ponds and lakes. The city also celebrates its diverse history with landmarks dedicated to its time as the former capital of the Confederacy and its significant place in the 1960s civil rights movement.