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Bier Garten team opening Old Shell Growler Station

Bier Garten team opening Old Shell Growler Station

Jarvis Ossa and Matt Golden have had a big idea for a few years now, but it’s needed a home.

A very specific home, in fact.

So when the pair — general manager and owner, respectively, of LoDa Bier Garten — learned that local bicycle shop Spoke & Trail wouldn’t be renewing its lease on the former Nixon Drug Store building on Old Shell Road, they decided right away that the time was right to introduce their big idea to Midtown, and the Old Shell Growler Station was born.

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"Midtown group advocating for quality of life improvements"

"Midtown group advocating for quality of life improvements"

 A new grassroots organization is putting together a comprehensive plan for Midtown and encouraging residents’ input. Ashley Dukes, a co-founder of the Midtown Mobile Movement, said the group wants to improve walkability and quality of life in the neighborhoods between Broad Street and Interstate 65 by adding sidewalks, lighting, shops and other amenities defined in a developing long-range plan.

The group intends to develop a comprehensive plan for Midtown, similar to the recently approved Map for Mobile, only more detailed. The plan would include ordinances for historic districts that would tell developers what Midtown residents wanted in their backyards.

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Mobile's city-wide planning map, a first in decades, aims at making city more walkable

Mobile's city-wide planning map, a first in decades, aims at making city more walkable

A planning map for the entire city of Mobile, a first for South Alabama's largest city in years, will go before the Mobile City Council Tuesday for consideration.

It was approved by the city's Planning Commission Thursday following a round of mostly positive comments from people who were involved in the nine-month creation process.

Plan proponents who spoke before the commission emphasized the inclusion of walkability into the plan. Stimpson has pushed for making certain areas of the city more walkable, highlighted by proposed changes for Water Street.

"Without a plan that focuses on walkability, we are leaving the future of our city to chance not only on aesthetics but economic viability," said Ashley Dukes with the Midtown Mobile Movement group.

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The Midtown Movement targets Old Shell improvements

The Midtown Movement targets Old Shell improvements

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and it maybe the best way to improve Mobile’s neighborhoods and quality of life. A grass roots group wants to make improvements to Old Shell Road, east of Interstate-65, much like the changes made west of the freeway in the Village of Springhill.

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