It rained, it poured, plenty of old men snored. Hurricane Barry dumped a lot of rain on our area last weekend but thankfully that was about it. While it did give us all much needed downtime after all of the Fourth of July activities, it did put quite a damper on my gossip-collecting abilities but that’s OK, I still got you a few tidbits to nibble on. So get to nibblin’ while the nibblin’s good!
Laissez les bon temps at city council?
The Mobile City Council got a little taste of Mardi Gras in July at the council meeting on Tuesday. About 50 revelers dressed in Carnival attire showed up to express their concerns over the city’s plans for the redevelopment of the Civic Center. Which, of course, made everyone take them very seriously.
I think they should require everyone to dress in costume when they address the council. That would certainly make those snooze-fests a little more bearable.
Container Yard celebrates grand opening in The Broad
Last week, my spies attended the grand opening of the Container Yard’s co-working space in the former Red Cross building at the corner of Dauphin and Broad streets. The entire building is known at The Broad and was purchased and renovated by Bestor Ward and the Atchison family. The spies said this place turned out as uber-cool as all of the other properties they have developed. The Container Yard moved from the bottom floor of the Marine Street Lofts and gives the “Yardies” who work there much more space.
Attendees also got a sneak peek at Bay Gourmet’s new space, just adjacent to the Container Yard. They will run their catering operations from there, as well as a restaurant they hope to have open by mid-September. They also have a gorgeous new space (Crown Hall) that can accommodate wedding receptions or other events.
The art is cool and the floors are amazing. What an awesome addition to the Upper LoDa! Congrats to all involved!
Mobile is the bomb!
fDi Magazine, a publication specializing in foreign direct investment, has named Mobile as one of its “Top Five Cities of the Future.” We were number five in the whole wide world! The only other cities in America to rank in the Top 5 were New York and Chicago. Pretty impressive company we keep!
This is what they had to say about us:
“The Mobile Area Chamber is the lead economic developer for the city of Mobile and Mobile County in Alabama, and it comes fifth in the FDI Strategy category. It is home to several high-growth sectors including a thriving aerospace cluster, and Mobile Area Chamber attends a variety of global air shows to promote the region alongside Team Mobile, a group of local economic development partners. Mobile is also known for its extensive transportation infrastructure, including a deep-water port, two major interstate connectors, five class-one railroads and two Federal Aviation Administration-certified airports. Following a collaborative, city-wide effort, Mobile won a $14 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation in mid-2016. The funding will be used to renovate infrastructure, connect citizens to jobs and revitalise historic neighbourhoods.”
Thanks fDi, we will take it!
Well kids, I know it was a bit of a light week in the fifth most futuristic city in the world, but that is just the way the cookie crumbles sometimes. I’ll have more scoop for you next week, I promise. And just remember, whether rain or shine, dramatic or scandalous or some plain ol’ Mardi-Gras-folks-at-council lovin’, I will be there! Ciao!
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