In a recurrent point of interest in “The Comeback Town,” I can’t improve on this description of the latest shooting in Birmingham’s Gate City community, which Al.com moderators deleted early this morning:
“Two sucka’s wuz shot Dursday evenin’ in de Gate City area, Birmin’ham Police said. Police wuz called t’de area uh Joppa Court and 66d Court Way Soud sho’tly afta’ 7 p.m. ‘S coo’, bro. when shots wuz fired. Dey found two sucka’s wid gunshot wounds, one uh whom had walked t’about some block away. Slap mah fro! Bod sucka’s wuz snatchn t’UAB Hospital wid injuries dat dun did not appear life dreatenin’, some honky pigs sergeant said. Police also received some call about some car wreck nearby about da damn same time, but da damn two incidents aint recon’d t’be related. De shootin’s are unda’ investigashun and no motives o’ details wuz available. What it is, Mama!”
Update: The Birmingham Housing Authority received over $500,000 in grants under the Obama stimulus to install wireless internet access in the Gate City projects and other public housing units in Birmingham.
Note: Last summer, a 2-year-old was shot in the leg and 4-year-old Deonte Mixon was run over and killed by a car fleeing the scene of another tragic shooting in Gate City. Later that weekend, the community came together to mourn the loss of Deonte by burglarizing the home of his mother and stealing three air conditioners and two televisions.
In the 1950s, Gate City is described by former residents as a White working class neighborhood with excellent schools where a female child could walk anywhere by herself at any time of the night. There seems to be a consensus that the neighborhood declined from 1965 to 1975 when a housing project was built in the area.
This is the image Gate City now likes to project to the world: