I’d heard great reports about First Friday in Fairhope, Ala., as a street party event not to be missed. So I had to see it for myself. I rang up an old roommate. He moved his family to this small town of 15,000 several years ago to take a job in Mobile, the largest nearby city.
His sister demurred, “People move from Alabama, not to it.” But I was pleasantly surprised by Fairhope, an oasis in Alabama that harkens back to the way small towns were 30 years ago with some prices to match. Fairhope, founded in 1894 as a utopian, fair tax society, remains iconoclastic today.