4 reasons you should move downtown according to the Moore Sisters!

Meet Lauren and Marina Moore! These sisters have lived at The Watts residents for the past two years. Learn why the Moores choose to live downtown rather than stay in the suburbs.


More than just looks, the role 20th street plants play during winter

With winter approaching, most plants on 20th are entering dormancy. These plants provide more than just a pretty landscape they also support native wildlife. The plants chosen for the Birmingham Green refresh were strategically placed to offer low-maintenance options and add a sense of place. Plants play a much larger role than just looking attractive.


We interviewed local downtown residents why they chose Birmingham and the answers were astounding!

Have you been thinking about moving into downtown Birmingham? Many people are making the switch to the city lifestyle. We are interviewing people from all around the city and learning why they chose to move into the city center of Birmingham.


Why are businesses choosing to move to Birmingham? OnCentive has no regrets!

Businesses are on the move to Birmingham! Meet Shannon Scott, the CEO of OnCentive and Trak Capital who recently moved his company from Gadsden to Birmingham, Alabama this past year. OnCentive helps small and mid-size businesses by investing extra capital into their organization. The team at OnCentive consults with clients on federal programs that they are potentially eligible to receive and qualify for business incentives and tax credits.


Downtown Birmingham’s latest development is proof that small buildings can have big impacts too!

Have you been to Downtown Birmingham’s newest development located on 25th Street? If not, you need to head down there ASAP and check it out! This new single story development is a product of a collaboration between David Baker Architects (DBA) and Locke General Contractors, led by DBA’s very own Amanda Loper. It is intended to be a “collaborative commercial space in a catalyst development area of Birmingham.” Both DBA and Locke General Contractors will be tenants of the space, along with June Coffee Roasters, Zephyr Barber, and Last Call Baking Cooperative!


History of Linn Park: acknowledging the past and envisioning the future

Linn Park is full of history and potential. Soon, the Re-vision Linn Park coalition will embark on a community-oriented planning project to position Linn Park as a vibrant destination that drives inclusive growth, greater public use, preservation and property reinvestment. You can expect to hear more about that soon, but first let’s reflect on the park’s history.  


How does the 20th Street Refresh play into our Value of Downtown Report?

Over the past couple of months, we’ve been talking a lot about our Value of Downtown Report. We’ve also been talking a lot about the construction we’re doing on 20th Street. But how exactly do both of these projects go hand in hand?


The Vanishing Authenticity of Birmingham

Much of the “Birmingham character” that we appreciate and promote today is thanks to the many beautiful historic buildings and homes that still stand. Our concentration of historic structures is unique, and it’s an asset for our entire region’s economic development and growth, as that authenticity attracts people seeking sense of place and quality of life. But how do we ensure that the authenticity doesn’t begin to vanish as we continue to revive these historic structures?


The Value of Urban Parks: Investing in Public Parks Brings Returns for Cities

Public parks play a vital role in how we experience the communities, neighborhoods, and cities that we live in. Inclusive, well-designed public spaces provide access to recreational activities, spurs local investment opportunities, and combats environmental impacts.  


A historic retail block transformed: The Pizitz and New Ideal buildings then and now

Downtown Birmingham retail is regaining its strength now, with some of the department stores of yesteryear finding new life with different uses.