The traffic tape has been pulled up and the signs taken down, returning 1st Avenue South between 54th and 56th streets to its original configuration following a three-week demonstration. The temporary changes showed how the street would operate if it were narrowed to slow down traffic and include bike lanes and parallel parking. Data collected will be shared with the engineering firm retained by the City of Birmingham to design a new street program. Work is expected to begin next year on the street improvements, although sidewalks are already being installed. REV will prepare a final report, which will be available to the public by early December.
REV thanks AARP for the Community Challenge grant funding that helped make the project possible, the volunteers who helped install and remove the temporary street design, the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham for installing a traffic camera to collect data, and the Woodlawn Business Association for its support.
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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.