This is a tale about an Alabama city whose downtown carries scars of decay and glimmers of hope. There, decay comes easy and hope requires money and civic types believe better days are ahead.
It would be unbecoming of Talladega College’s Marching Tornadoes to parade down Washington’s Pennsylvania Avenue, pass by Donald Trump’s review stand and give him an unkind gesture. But I’d understand if they did.
It’s Christmas week. Shopping’s done. (Right?) Presents are wrapped. (Right?) Egg nog’s loaded and ready. (Right!) Let’s take a look at what we’ve got everyone this holiday season:
FAIRVIEW, Ky. — Visiting the world’s tallest poured-in-place concrete obelisk is first-grade simple, as long as you can find this pinprick of a place. My advice: If you’re north of Nashville or south of Louisville, set your GPS on anything named “Jefferson Davis” and head in that direction.
If you live in Anniston’s Golden Springs community or near South Quintard, along roads like Greenbrier Dear and Robertson, within spitting distance of Coleman Road, Gadsden State Community College’s Ayers Campus, Hillyer Robinson Parkway or South Noble, be aware. You’re on Oxford’s map.
Willie Smith, the best player Anniston ever sent to The Show, wore the uniform of baseball teams all across our land. He played in LA. He played in Detroit and Cincinnati. He even played in Japan. But he’s inseparable from his days as a Chicago Cub.
Over the last 30 years, Anniston’s public schools have been analyzed, debated, reorganized, under-funded, over-funded, praised, criticized and defended. Short of City Hall itself, nothing else can claim such scrutiny.