Mobility

Mobility is a monthly catalogue of economic developments and improvements helping to restore Mobile. Written by Sharman Egan.

Mobility

Attention turns to Africatown

By Sharman Egan/contributing writer What a May it was in Mobile! Market in the Park became Market in the Square once again as the heat (on the powers that be) drove the farmer’s market back to Cathedral Square. Thank you from the bottom of my fresh veggie-loving stomach. The Food Channel blew through town, packing tables at LoDa Bier Garten and Von’s Bistro. And it was Halloween in May, as MobiCon filled downtown with sci fi-ers and gamers. Highlights included a cosplay parade and a steampunk ball. Those knuckleheads in Montgomery were busy, passing three bills that benefit Mobile....

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A gumbo of good news

BY SHARMAN EGAN/Contributing Writer Whew! I’ve been busy as a corn dog truck on Fat Tuesday just trying to keep up with all the “Mobility” news this past month. I had a half-dozen different ideas for this column, but finally decided it was time for a gumbo of news from all over the city. With March Madness, the Senior Bowl and the Dollar General Bowl behind us, it may seem quiet on the sports front. But things are happening to make Mobile more of a regional sports center. Starting this summer, Mobile will host a United States Soccer Federation-sanctioned...

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Loving our new Government

By Sharman Egan/Contributing writer Government Street downtown has long been a bit of an eyesore rather than the showcase it was 100 years ago. But that’s changed in the last couple of years. Now, if it were any hotter we’d have to keep Riverside Ice open year-round to cool things off. Let’s take a stroll, heading west from Water Street, to see what’s changed in just the last two years, and what’s on the horizon. The first big news: Market on the Square is packing up its tents, fresh eggs and Grand Bay tomatoes and moving to Mardi Gras...

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Thanks, Santa baby

By Sharman Egan/Contributing Writer If you still question whether Mobile is undergoing a renaissance, try leaving for a few weeks. That’s what I did over the holidays. When I arrived back in town on Jan. 5, it was as if Santa had swept through town with a sleigh full of gifts. Here are some of the treats he delivered in the six weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. The city’s vision for tourism — the Mayor’s Initiative on Tourism announced in September 2015 – is coming together downtown, with new attractions just in time for Mardi Gras. Perhaps...

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Water, water everywhere but …

By Sharman Egan/Contributing Writer There’s ample water near downtown Mobile, but how do we get to it? I’m talking about the city’s downtown waterfront, a two-mile stretch of Water Street along the Mobile River. Want to walk or run along the river? Your only choice is a .2 mile walk in Cooper Riverside Park, barely enough to register on your FitBit. There are no riverfront restaurants, no shops and no place to live on the water. But now that’s beginning to change. It’s ironic that the biggest barrier to downtown Mobile’s waterfront is Water Street. With six lanes of...

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Poof! A new Mobile!

BY SHARMAN EGAN | Contributing Writer Is it just me or does living in Mobile these days feel like an episode of “I Dream of Jeannie”? Awhile back, my husband, Kevin, and I adopted a new puppy. “Adeline wants a dog park nearby,” I said one day. Poof! A dog park appeared on Ann Street, a few blocks from our home. Months earlier I’d said, “Sure do wish we had a decent downtown grocery store.” Poof! The charming Greer’s Downtown Market replaced a dingy Sav-a-Lot. “A Mardi Gras park.” Poof! Heavy equipment took over the weed-infested lot at Government...

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