The City of Birmingham and the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham have recently began looking for input for the future design of 20th Street North! In the early 1970s, a public-private partnership involving downtown business owners and the City of Birmingham created a plan to turn 20th Street North from 1st Avenue to Linn Park into a walkable, tree-lined corridor designed to attract more shoppers, restaurants and businesses to downtown’s Central Business District.
Almost 50 years later, the City of Birmingham and the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham have commissioned a study to explore streetscape improvements along 20th Street from 2nd Avenue South to Linn Park. The design team is led by Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, which has partnered with landscape architect Walter Hood of Hood Design Studio and Skipper Consulting.
Planners are researching what has been successful or not-so-successful in other cities, and will compare these case studies to Birmingham’s existing conditions and available resources to develop a model for the city to guide future improvements.
A design workshop is scheduled for August 3rd and 4th at the Auburn Urban Studio at 221 20th Street N, 35203. Stakeholders, business owners, residents – everyone interested in providing input – are invited to visit during the hours of 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM on both days.
This fall, the REV team is doing some new REV things, with a demonstration project designed to prove and improve downtown Birmingham’s market for more retail.
I believe that Birmingham is still missing something important—something that inspires people to experience downtown on foot, that can tell the story of our city and its cultures.
Sixteenth St. Baptist Church honoring its history with interactive museum opening on 56th anniversary of bombing
Sept. 15, 56 years to the day that a bomb killed four little girls— Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Cynthia Wesley and Carole Robertson— a new interactive museum will open honoring the girls and the chain of events their murders set off in the Civil Rights Movement.