Re-vision Linn Park: the people, the place, and the solutions

The second community workshop held at Boutwell Auditorium on July 26th was another opportunity for the public to weigh in on the future of Linn Park. The project consultant team shared insight about the people engaged so far, the place-based assessment of Linn Park, and the preliminary park concept solutions. Keep reading to see the results and how you can play a part in this re-vision!


Cheers to A.G. Gaston Motel Restoration! Let’s keep historic preservation rolling in Birmingham

Birmingham is celebrating the restoration of the A.G. Gaston Motel, a historic landmark in the Civil Rights District. The building’s restoration has been a long time coming, and it’s a gift for Birmingham to have the preserved motel be a place where people can visit and learn. Congratulations to all the people from the City of Birmingham, the federal government and the community who labored to restore this treasure for many more generations to experience and enjoy. So, what building should we work on preserving next, Birmingham? Keep reading to see what REV President & CEO, David Fleming, has to say about the matter!


Taking a look back at the history of the Concord Center

Earlier this month, the Concord Center gathered its original team of developers, contractors, and architects to open a time capsule that was buried 20 years ago when the building first opened its doors. The time capsule contained a variety of memorabilia which dated back to the early 2000s. The Concord Center, which opened in 2002 as a new office building in Downtown Birmingham, was a pivotal development in sustaining offices and employment downtown over the last two decades. Want to learn more about why exactly this building is so significant to the history of Birmingham? Keep reading to find out! 


Downtown Birmingham has so much to offer!

We’ve talked about sports, but downtown has so much more to offer! Downtown Birmingham has so many experiences in store for you, which can also turn into life-long memories. And lucky for you, we’ve created a tool to make all that exploring so much easier!


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!


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?


Beyond the beauty of Downtown Birmingham’s Churches

Downtown Birmingham is full of beautiful buildings, both new and old! A good portion of those buildings consist of churches, and while many of them are beautiful to look at, they also have a rich history that often gets overlooked.


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.


Celebrating 150 years in the Magic City

Birmingham’s history has truly had an impact on the world.