An overview of the newly revitalized downtown Tuscaloosa includes a four-story parking garage, top left, and a park square, top center, with decorative lamps, a fountain and pavilion clock tower. The new $67 million earmark-funded federal courthouse is pictured at top right. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.) owns a 7,800-square-foot gray, one-story building next to the garage. Shelby's block was not razed, though it was classified by project consultants as one of the three most blighted blocks in the proposed 16-block revitalization. The hometown senator also purchased the adjacent parking lot next to his building, which is home to Shelby's Tuscaloosa Title company and his nephew's law firm.
Ben de la Cruz
The Washington Post