Montgomery Made Top 10 List for Best Southern Downtowns
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Ten Great Great Southern Downtowns — big and small — that are worth a visit
A downtown is the heart of a city. A great downtown is the heartbeat of a city, where residents and visitors come together to experience the art, architecture, food and culture that makes that community unique.
Rich in history, Southern hospitality and exciting attractions, downtown Montgomery and its riverfront have become one of the South’s must-see travel destinations. Revitalization of the area began in the late 1990s, leading to more than $1.5 billion of public and private investment in downtown redevelopment.
As a result, old commercial spaces have transformed into swanky residential lofts, and the cornerstone of the entertainment district, The Alley, is home to vibrant nightlife, eateries, galleries and more. Numerous historic sites such as the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church are found near modern amenities like the four-star Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Spa, the 1,800-seat Montgomery Performing Arts Centre and a new $12 million multi-sport facility. Also taking root in the area are innovative initiatives like an urban farm that supplies produce to local restaurants. Every year fans flock to Riverwalk Stadium to see the Montgomery Biscuits baseball team. Tourists and locals alike also enjoy downtown’s unique establishments such as Aviator Bar, which pays tribute to the city’s aviation ties (the Wright Brothers’ first School for Powered Flight).
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