Brought back a lot of memories for me as well. I remember as a very small kid going to East Lake to walk around the track with my mom in the summer. Truly some of my earliest memories. I was probably 5 years old. I remember feeding the ducks there.
Steak and Ale I remember well (in Roebuck). It was the place for me, my mom and my grandmother for special occasions. The nicest resturant in the area.
And of course I remember Eastwood Mall and Century plaza. My very first memory of AU football at around 5-6 years old was listening to AU vs UGA on the radio with my mom in the parking lot of Century Plaza until it ended (was in Athens and not on TV).
Center Point was mostly white when I was in HS as well. Taco Bell was the weekend hangout.
I went to the YMCA in Roebuck as a kid all the time. Lived there. My mom was a school teacher and every single day in the summer we went to the pool there. I would get jawbreakers and magic rocks (the crackling gum) from the little concession stand in the back right of the pool area. And a Mr. Goodbar and coke every day. Hell, I was on a swim team at that YMCA for 4 years and played soccer there every year in the fall and spring.
Also, I even remember the 25 cent hamburger stand. We would go there after school and FEAST for $2. Till we felt sick.
By the time I was a senior in HS though the area had gone to shite around East Lake. I worked out at a gym that was a reform school teens that had fricked up because the guy that ran it was one of the most badass hardcore trainers in all of B-ham. Old man named Mr. Hudson, probably about 75, but pushed me so much further than anyone ever had playing sports. The area had gone to shite though and my car got stolen one day while I was working out. By that time, I was one of the few white people that ever ventured into that area of town and the only one that trained at that gym.
Damn the memories.
This post was edited on 3/1 at 8:27 pm