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SPRING 2013

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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TODD AND GENEVA GREENE THINK THEIR HOMETOWN of Birmingham, Ala. is the South���s best-kept secret. Or it was, until now. Jetsetter.com just named Birmingham one of the top 10 spots to visit in 2013. A century ago this rural village at the base of the Appalachian foothills became an industrial center overnight, earning it the moniker ���The Magic City.��� Now Birmingham has undergone another transformation, growing in stature and sophistication to create a culture of Southern hospitality meshed with forward-thinking Beard award-winning chef Chris Hastings serves fresh seafood true to his restaurant���s name, the Hot & Hot Fish Club. Photo courtesy of Hot & Hot Fish Club ideals. ALABAMA CITY OFFERS DIVERSE PLEASURES, TOP CHEFS Located at the base of the Appalachian foothills, Birmingham was once called ���The Magic City.��� By Nan Bauroth Birmingham Robert Trent Jones designed the course called Ross Bridge. Pictured is hole No. 17. Judging by its attractions, when stars fell on Alabama, a whole galaxy landed in Birmingham. Known to insiders as ���B���Ham��� or ���The Ham,��� this is a city home to the James Beard Foundation���s 2012 Best Chef of the South, a renowned art museum and botanical gardens free to the public, the world���s largest vintage motorcycle museum �� Photo courtesy of Michael Clemmer and a cemetery where caretakers got so tired of giving SPRING 20 1 3 directions to the final resting place of Coach ���Bear��� Bryant that they painted crimson stripes leading to his grave. One reason Birmingham is on people���s radar this year is the city���s ���Fifty Years Forward��� commemoration of its roots in the civil rights struggle, an event propelled by the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church. A starting point for visitors is the Birmingham Civil BALLANTYNE MAGAZINE 85

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