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04/25/2012 01:57 pm ET

Cultural Mix In Downtown Tests Birmingham's Tolerance, Some Feel

By Alan Stamm

It doesn't take a code-breaker to see barely hidden meanings in some comments about Birmingham nightclubs and the safety concerns surrounding them.

References to "outsiders" at South, The Hamilton Room and Chen Chow Brasserie arose in comments at Patch and at least two other media sites amid coverage of fights among patrons and late-night gunfire around the corner from South.

"What we don't need are large clubs or party places that draw a certain element," a local parent said this week in a comment for this series; it wasn't published because of its apparent racial reference.

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