Thanks again Kinnon for your involvement in the project and great in depth answers to the questions!
Midtown Questions for Kinnon:
What do you do for a living? Public relations and marketing consulting for my own firm, The Bellwether Group.
Name one activity you love to do in your free time (and why?) Just one is hard! Live music of all kinds – enjoy the continued growth of the local music scene along with the many great acts that come to town. Mobile is making a name for itself with many regional and national musicians that include us on their Southern tours.
Why were you interested in this photo project? Highlighting those of us that live, work and enjoy Midtown and downtown encourages others to enjoy the lifestyle and attract them to our section of town. Midtown is diverse, beautiful and original – a fine example of true neighborhood living.
How long have you lived in the Midtown area? Twenty years.
Do you like it? If yes or no, why? I have always enjoyed living in Midtown. When I first returned to Mobile, I ‘rediscovered” the area. Growing up and going to high school at McGill, I had many friends who lived in the area and appreciated the character of the people, houses and neighborhoods.
Do you feel there are any benefits to a close knit community? A community that shares a purpose, with pride, an attitude of improvement and concern with a diverse population creates a successful city. Commercial activity helps. There are so many options to not have to leave the neighborhood to eat, shop, exercise, find a lawyer, accountant and numerous other services. I have seen in the last twenty years such tremendous growth and improvement in Midtown and Downtown. The area attracts so much more diversity than ever before and residents who take pride in their homes and neighborhoods. New people to town often don’t immediately know about it, and often choose to live elsewhere, only to make a move to Midtown later.
How could the community as a whole make Midtown even better? Crime is an issue I have dealt with over the years personally. It hasn't made me want to move, but is a concern. The police are responsive and helpful but are often short staffed. We can, by banding together have an impact. Knowing your neighbors and those that walk up and down the streets is important.
Also, Midtown and Downtown are great places to bike, walk and run. To see bike and running lanes and more protection for those exercising on the street would not only benefit those that live in Midtown but the community as a whole. Imagine if people from all over the city were attracted to come into the neighborhoods to exercise and take advantage of restaurants and shopping as well.
Do you have any memorable stories about Midtown? Midtown is quirky, with its own personality. I often tell visitors that this area is similar to New Orleans neighborhoods, full of characters. Several years ago I had a party during the first weekend of Mardi Gras. The party was growing strong and all of a sudden off the street came in a sweet older lady who epitomized character. A bit crazy, but she came in and made friends. I have never seen her again! Then down the street comes the youth marching band that practices behind me at the Springhill Recreation Center practicing for parades. It was quite a spirited time that I couldn't have planned.