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“one hundred Properties” is a documentary movie about Birmingham’s historic Norwood Neighborhood. The movie was made by UAB movie students Ali Simpson and Melissa Thomas.

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  1. Exit Alabama!

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  2. Alabama 2018 is death.

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  3. I grew up there . My grand parents and I move there in 1970 and there was about 30% whites living there . In 1985 after high school I moved to Houston where I've been since . A couple times I've visited I was devastated at the way the place I grew up had become . I was ashamed I mean it really hurt to show my kids the place where I once lived . So to run across this video makes me proud to see that someone is trying to make it like it was . Just before I left you could start to see the effects of the drugs . So my hats off to Ali Simpson and Melissa Thomas

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  4. Norwood has some very beautiful homes my mother n law's house was beautiful. However, behind her were apartments that were run over by drugs and such. It would be great to have one if those homes if you knew you wouldn't have to deal with what comes with the neighborhood. I lived there while waiting for our apartment to be finished and it was kinda scary. Protecting people should have been addressed. If you don't know you can become a victim. A cop pulled me over and said leave before you become a victim.

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  5. This is awesome. Keep up the good work

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  6. When I see people tearing into the old houses and not having on full respirators, lord but I cringe knowing what they are breathing in.

    Lead paint is a given. Asbestos? Yep. Black mold, you can bet the farm on that one. You've had pigeons, rats, and every other manner of creepy crawly in those houses for better than two decades.

    If you buy a house like these, research what you are doing before you go trying to restore things.

    Asbestos was a floor tile, wiring insulation, air duct tape, blown in attic insulation and a dozen others. Have the house checked and abated. 

    Lead paint is lethal as hell and was used on every house built before 1960 and there is some that was still used clear into the early 70s. If you've got to chip paint off, a respirator and a shop vac is a HEPA filter. Minimum requirement.

    Black mold has to be killed, then covered. Just painting over it doesn't do it. And it can be in places where you never even looked. And can't get to.

    And I don't even want to start on vermin and disease.

    Honestly … take a bunch of pictures. Have an architect design you a new home just like it and clear the lot for new construction. The history is awesome, I get that. My grandparents and great-grandparents lived in Norwood. My Mom grew up down there. But in the end, it's just wood and stone.

    Majestic old buildings in downtown, yeah sure they are worth spending millions to restore but not these old houses.

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  7. The blacks that moved there were able to maintain the houses, they just didn't want to. The whites that weren't racist would have stayed if the blacks didn't turn and get so menacing and racist themselves.

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  8. The views and the quality of the original construction of the homes is amazing!

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