Celebrating the Birmingham Green Refresh with a (20th) Street Party!

We are approaching the finish line for the 20th Street Refresh, which calls for a celebration – and you’re invited! The City Center Business Improvement District (BID), funded by downtown property owners, is partnering with the City of Birmingham and REV Birmingham to celebrate a refreshed Birmingham Green. Come join the party on May 20th from 4 to 8 p.m (with a special celebration happening at 6 p.m.)!


Linn Park is getting a re-vision!

If you’ve been paying close attention, you may have noticed that we’ve been hinting at a new Linn Park project coming soon – and we’re finally ready to share it with you! A planning process to redesign and reactivate Linn Park kicked off recently when public and private organizational partners met on site with the nationally acclaimed park designers OJB Landscape Architecture (OJB) to begin an eight-month master plan development process to improve Linn Park.


Alabama Peanut Company: the evolution of a beloved downtown business

The Alabama Peanut Company has been around for ages and is a Downtown Birmingham staple. Not only do they serve delicious peanuts (both boiled and roasted) but the storefront serves as a reminder of people’s childhoods. Keep reading to learn more about the evolution on the country’s oldest peanut merchant!


Downtown Birmingham is about to take professional sports to a whole new level!

As the home of UAB, Birmingham Southern, and Samford, Birmingham is no stranger to the world of college sports. But we’re getting ready to kick it up a notch this spring and summer! Downtown Birmingham is fixing to experience tons of activity led by professional sports. Keep reading to see what all The Magic City has to offer.


See the impact your City Center BID team created in 2021

It’s annual report season! In the nonprofit world, the first quarter is full of compiling and designing all the work you did in the previous year into report form to show the impact your organization has on its cause. Keep reading to see a summary of our 2021 efforts!


How Verizon is doing their part to help small businesses

Verizon, our vitality sponsor for the Value of Downtown Report, is here to talk about their tools for helping local businesses scale and thrive.


Love where you live: A residential guide for Downtown Birmingham

Looking to find a place to call home in the heart of Birmingham? The residential population is rapidly growing in Downtown Birmingham and no matter what your style (and budget) there’s sure to be a place for you! We gathered a list of just a few of the places that downtown has to offer but there are so many more! Get out and explore – you might be surprised what you find!


The Importance of Downtown

“As the literal and figurative heart of their cities, downtowns represent and welcome residents, employees, and visitors from all walks of life,” says David Downey, President and CEO of the International Downtown Association (IDA), as he discusses the importance of downtown and the role it plays in keeping the vibrancy alive in our city centers!


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 Vitality Index: How does Birmingham compare to other Downtown Districts?

The IDA defines the Vitality Index as a benchmarking tool to see how the vitality of various downtown areas across the country compare to one another. Let’s take a closer look at where Birmingham stands!


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