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!


Let’s talk walk scores!

We recently released our Value of Downtown report and one of the areas we excelled in was our walk score. Need a crash course on what a walk score is? Well lucky for you our City Center District Manager, Rob Buddo, is here to tell you all about it!


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.  


Understanding the importance of downtown data with Rob Buddo

We recently released out Value of Downtown report! Our City Center District Manager, Rob Buddo, is here to explain just how important this data is and how it will help us make improvements to our downtown area in the near future.


What the Value of Downtown report has taught us about the Magic City

The report—The Value of Downtown Birmingham, presented by PNC Bank—establishes a baseline from which city leaders, corporate leaders and organizations like REV can track growth and identify priorities for downtown improvements. 


20th Street is getting a makeover! Here’s what to expect

We hope you’ve noticed that big things are happening on 20th Street North! For the first time in nearly 50 years, Birmingham’s main street is getting a face-lift. Here’s a rundown on what to expect from this project. The “hardscape” work will be done in four phases. Now that the first phase is complete on the northbound lane of 20th Street from 3rd Avenue North to Linn Park let’s talk about what gets done in each phase.  


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.


10 Downtown Birmingham spots to get your caffeine fix

We compiled a list of 10 downtown coffee shops for you to explore next time you need a change of scenery!


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