On the campus of Montevallo, AL. Photo by Larry Miller, via Flickr.
This is a guest post written by Ryan Parker, of our coalition partner Conservation Alabama.
Montevallo, AL is preserving its unique blend of college culture and country charm by making intentional decisions about expansion and development.
The small town of 6,000 residents in the heart of Alabama has a vibrant downtown, a Greenway National Recreational Trail, three beautiful parks, an art gallery, and Alabama’s only public liberal arts college, the University of Montevallo.
Over the last several years the City and the University have worked together on projects to make downtown Montevallo an even better place to live and work. “The very best colleges in the country, most of them have lively, attractive downtowns,” said John Stewart III, president of the University of Montevallo. “We literally want Main Street and the campus to blend into one plan.”