September’s Park(ing) Day—a partnership between the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), REV Birmingham, the City of Birmingham and the City Center District Management Corporation (CCDMC)—unveiled significant improvements to the quarter block of 20th Street between 2nd and 1st Avenues North, including a new look for the flower beds. The plants chosen for the renewed beds and new planters have a story of their own.
Six local landscape architecture firms collaborated on the designs for a long-term streetscape plan, which will eventually extend from Linn Park to the tracks. Studio A, GMC, Renta, Dix Hite, Golightly and Macnally Land Design agreed that planting native (and drought resistant!) trees, shrubs and flowers would give 20th Street a more authentically Birmingham look. You can expect to see gorgeous blooms in spring, summer and fall, and berries in winter.
“The City of Birmingham has a very diverse plant ecosystem,” said Ben Wieseman, REV’s director of catalytic development. “It is critical for us to use this diversity and to plant a wide selection of native plants that are locally sourced and easily grown in our area. The native plants we have selected are not only beautiful and have different seasonal color, textures and growth cycles, but were also chosen for their hardiness and ability to survive.”
Dix Hite and Renta helped the REV team with planting on the quarter block; and Hunter Trees, Vulcan Materials, Shelby GC and B&G Supply donated materials to make the work possible. In the quarter block the team took on in this first phase, we put down roots for 160 native plants.
Take a look at the types of plants we put down on this quarter block!
22 Cat Pajamas (or Catmint)
12 Whirling Butterflies
6 Itea Little Henry
24 Inkberry Shamrock (or Inkberry)
4 Pearl Glam Beautyberry
6 Little Lime Hydrangea
8 Carex Berkeley Sedge
18 Pink Muhly Grass
12 Kudos Gold (or Hummingbird Mint)
10 New Gold Lantana
10 Summer Jewel Salvia
10 Wire Vine
5 Honeyblush Mums
Your guide to a family-friendly day downtown
Filed Under: Downtown Birmingham, Family Friendly, Front Page, Get Involved, Small Business, Yaysayers
With summer just around the corner, kids will soon be out of school and insisting on getting out of the house. Luckily, Downtown Birmingham has an abundance of family-friendly activities that will keep your kiddos entertained and create lifelong memories.
We know taking kids out for extended periods can be challenging; that’s why we have curated a list of experiences designed to be enjoyable within a manageable 3 – 4 hour timeframe. This way, both children and parents can make the most of their time without feeling overwhelmed or exhausted. These four experiences include lunch options and are tailored to different ages and personalities.
Get to know your City Center District Manager, Michael Symes.
Filed Under: Downtown Birmingham, Front Page, Get Involved, REV Team, Yaysayers
Meet Michael Symes, the new City Center District Manager for the Business Improvement District (BID). As a long-time resident of Birmingham, Michael brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role, having been an active member of the community since graduating from the University of Alabama. In this article, we will explore Michael’s journey and learn about his “accidental roots” in the city, as well as his passion for working with the Business Improvement District (BID) of the Magic City. Follow along as we get to know the person behind the job title and uncover the unique perspective he brings to the role.
Why your voice on historic preservation is essential
Filed Under: Front Page, Get Involved, Historic Preservation, Residential
President and CEO of REV Birmingham David Fleming writes about the importance of historic preservation and highlights the advocacy efforts that saved the French Quarter in New Orleans and the Forest Park neighborhood in Birmingham. The article concludes with a call to action, urging for new leaders and the implementation of various strategies to protect and celebrate Birmingham’s historic buildings and places.