How much of an issue was the flight, though? B'ham was always a heavily AA city
Not really. Norwood, off 31st street has some huge, antebellum style homes. Used to be a pretty ritzy part of town. Woodlawn was predominately white, as well as East Lake and Roebuck.
I remember as a kid, going to Irondale and Century Plaza and getting Chick fil a, as they only had businesses in malls at that time and it was predominately white at that time. East Lake had Cinema City 8, JC Penny and Pizitz and was a pretty nice shopping area. You also had restaurants like Catfish Cabin, Steak and Ale and a few others that at the time, were pretty good and helped anchor that area.
It's really amazing how much the Eastern side of town has changed over the years. Hell, we used to cruise Cinema City 8 and it'd take an hour to make a go around the parking lot. A stabbing ended that and everything moved up more into Roebuck, then eventually Center Point. And Center Point used to be predominately white as well.
East Lake was primarily older whites at the time. Once the majority began dying off, the families remaining sold or moved away, changing the demographic. I also remember cruising East Lake Park.
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