Dreaming of new uses for Birmingham’s old industrial complexes

What do you do with a large industrial campus when the industry’s need for it has faded? RAM Tool took the dreamer’s approach and called in some of Birmingham’s best development minds to brainstorm what the future might hold for the Continental Gin industrial campus in Avondale.   Continue reading

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Birmingham-Southern chefs take a field trip to the farm

On a crisp spring morning in March, the Bon Appetit chefs from Birmingham-Southern College, along with Taylor Clark and Leigh Hooten of REV Urban Food Project, took a trip to Neal Pope’s Farm in Salem, AL. This trip was designed to meet one of our enrolled Farm to Fork vendors and learn about sustainable farming, but transcended these expectations and became a conduit to reenergize us and remind us of why we do what we do. Continue reading

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HTC Profile: See inside the Five Points South warehouse finding new life as 2200 Magnolia

Anchoring a distinctive angled corner near Five Points South, the Family Services Laundry Building may have looked like an old brick warehouse to many passersby – but developer Mike Mouron saw potential as soon as he stepped inside.  Continue reading

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Independent Presbyterian Church and City Meats: Feeding body and soul

Independent Presbyterian Church has served the needs of the Birmingham community for nearly 30 years through their food pantry program. The ministry has recently grown to fill even more community needs through a food voucher partnership with Woodlawn’s City Meats and Vegetables, a corner store in REV’s Urban Food Project network. Continue reading

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BIZ 1.0 heads to Five Points West for special-edition April workshop

BIZ 1.0 is on the move! Councilor Steven Hoyt invites you to join Corey Bishop at Refresh Clothing for a special edition of REV Birmingham’s BIZ 1.0 workshop.  Continue reading

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Corey Bishop personalizes clothes shopping at Refresh in Five Points West

When he was unable to find clothing that matched his style and budget, Corey Bishop decided he wanted to sell quality clothing at affordable prices to cater to people like himself. He didn’t let the fact that he had only a car and $500 to his name hold him back. Continue reading

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2018 Alabama Historic Tax Credit list proves strong demand for investment

Last week, The Alabama Historical Rehabilitation Tax Credit Evaluating Committee approved requests for funds to be allocated to three historic renovation projects in Birmingham. These projects, as well as those projects that were approved for the wait list for 2019 allocation, prove the demand for historic rehabilitation is strong in Birmingham and Alabama.  Continue reading

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UrbanMain team’s mission: Equitable entrepreneurship in Woodlawn

In a city like Birmingham, where multiple commercial districts must coexist, each historical district’s revitalization strategies may look quite different. Each community needs to find its own niche, its own voice and its own identity – in ways that feel right for all the different people who are invested in it. That’s exactly what UrbanMain is intended to do! Continue reading

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3rd Street Market making progress on corner store improvements in Enon Ridge

We are beginning to see the fruits of Rodriguez and Brianna Cowans’s labor of love in Enon Ridge. Improvements to their corner store are well underway, as they transition from convenience store to full grocery store.  Continue reading

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Community Leaders Work to Strengthen Grant-Writing Skills

Community leaders and REV Birmingham are working together this spring to strengthen our collective grant-writing skills, taking advantage of an opportunity to learn best practices from the experts right here in our city. Because, yes, grants equal money – but in the non-profit world money equals IMPACT. Continue reading

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