Last August, REV Birmingham partnered with the Alabama Chapter of ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects), the City of Birmingham, and the City Center District Management Corporation (CCDMC) to install new plants on 20th Street North—native species that require less maintenance— to brighten up one of Birmingham’s most traveled streetscapes.
Now, it’s winter and we must confess the obvious: The plant beds aren’t lush right now—but that’s all by design.
Read more about the installation in 2020 and see what these native plants look like in full bloom!
Six Birmingham landscape architecture firms—Studio A, GMC, Renta, Dix Hite, Golightly and Macnally Land Design—collaborated on the designs for a long-term streetscape plan, which will eventually extend from Linn Park to the tracks.
To give a much-needed refresh to the Birmingham Green’s plant beds, the designers selected a mix of evergreens (plants with leaves or needles that are green year-round) and deciduous (plants that lose their leaves in the winter). Their design places these plants in a way that the leafy balance out the leaf-less in the winter—then in the spring, summer and fall, the plant beds will feel full and colorful once again.
Learn more about REV's work on 20th Street
If you’ve been following REV for a while, you probably remember The Big Pitch Competitions we used to hold back in the day. The Big Pitch presented by PNC was essentially our own little version of Shark Tank. And a lot of your favorite local businesses that participated in this competition now have active retail storefronts that you can go check out. Let’s start with some of our finalists that are based in the City of Birmingham and see what they’ve been up to!
Have you been to Downtown Birmingham’s newest development located on 25th Street? If not, you need to head down there ASAP and check it out! This new single story development is a product of a collaboration between David Baker Architects (DBA) and Locke General Contractors, led by DBA’s very own Amanda Loper. It is intended to be a “collaborative commercial space in a catalyst development area of Birmingham.” Both DBA and Locke General Contractors will be tenants of the space, along with June Coffee Roasters, Zephyr Barber, and Last Call Baking Cooperative!
One of Birmingham’s many hidden treasures is the music scene downtown. The sheer volume of concert venues we have in downtown Birmingham is something most people aren’t even aware of – but it really is remarkable! There is truly something for everyone, whether you’re into the smaller, more intimate venues or the large-scale venues for those big name artists. Keep reading to check out some of the cool venues downtown Birmingham has to offer.