About Downtown Birmingham

Birmingham is a city born out of innovation. Three towns merged to form Birmingham in 1871, during the post–Civil War Reconstruction era. We used the area’s natural resources to create a booming steel industry that grew the city so quickly it earned a new nickname:

The Magic City

The city wasn’t so magic for everyone, though, and by the 1960s, Birmingham was the epicenter for the nation’s Civil Rights Movement (which you can learn all about in downtown’s Civil Rights District).

The razing of urban renewal largely skipped Birmingham as its growth stalled in the 70s, with the silver lining that we didn’t lose as many historic buildings as other downtowns across the country.

Fast forward to the present, and the magic is back, but this time for everyone.

Downtown Birmingham is the most diverse district in the region, and its heart and soul. Downtown has vibrant streetscapes and restored historic buildings, nearly 40% of the region’s jobs and a rapidly growing residential population — and there’s so much more to for you to discover downtown! 

Downtown’s Business Improvement District

Did you know the City Center is home to Birmingham’s only Business Improvement District (BID)?

A BID is designated by ordinance as a district where property owners formally pool their resources to provide supplemental services to build on those provided by the city—sidewalk sweeping, trash removal, security, special events, marketing programs, etc.

It’s paid for by those property owners via a special assessment. Think of it as a homeowner’s association for a district. Those extra services can make districts more competitive by creating a cleaner, more attractive district and giving it a distinctive identity.

So who makes sure all that happens?

The property owners of downtown are represented by a board of directors called the City Center District Management Corporation. The CCDMC board is comprised of property owners or representatives of property owners, and one-third of seats are held, by state law, for property owners representing the lower third of properties by value. The CCDMC contracts REV Birmingham to manage the City Center BID, from overseeing the CAP clean and safe program to facilitating public space improvements to creating this website that helps people navigate and plug into downtown. REV Birmingham is a place-based revitalization and economic development nonprofit with a mission to create vibrant commercial districts.

Clean & Safe

Ensuring that downtown feels safe and clean to its residents, employees and visitors is the foundation for creating vibrant places! Downtown’s CAP Clean & Safe Program is one of those extra services funded by the BID.

CAP safety ambassadors welcome you to Birmingham’s City Center, patrolling on foot, Segways and bikes. Their visibility and attention often deter bad behavior and activities, and they look for opportunities to help people and tidy up our district as they’re out and about.

How can CAP help you? Call 205-251-0111 to request help within the City Center Business Improvement District.

Engage

Make your impact.

You can make a real difference in Downtown Birmingham. Get engaged: Get to know your community, become a part of the momentum, and help spread positivity from the heart of the city! #YayBham

Use The Downtown BHM Brand

Did you know that we encourage the community to use the Downtown BHM brand to promote businesses and events downtown? Click the button below to download a ZIP file with logo files, social media graphics and suggested captions to help spread the word about Downtown Birmingham’s new look!