When the Ensley Merchant’s Association (EMA) set out to activate an underutilized lot in historic downtown Ensley, they joined forces with Ensley Alive and REV Birmingham to form a plan for the space.
The challenge: Attract residents out of their homes, workers of their offices, and people bypassing the area into downtown Ensley.
Merchants brainstormed a number of opportunities, but one stuck out: Food. There are few dining options within walking distance of the core of the Ensley Business District. So the group called in food trucks and dubbed the event Ensley Eats. Every first Wednesday of the month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (sometimes beyond because of demand) food trucks showed up, and the crowds shortly followed.
Ensley Eats demonstrated that the importance and demand for spaces to connect with community were much needed. People from throughout the community showed up in droves to get a bite to eat and spend time with their neighbors. In the end, the community expressed the desire to have more events like Ensley Eats as well as a need for a food truck in Ensley on a more consistent basis.
Although Ensley Eats is finished for this season, don’t be surprised if you see a food truck or two attracting lines in historic downtown Ensley. The next Ensley Eats season will kick off in May 2018.
Whether you’re planning on visiting Birmingham for The World Games 2022 in just a few weeks, or you’re a local looking to explore your city and find some hidden gems, we’ve got an awesome list of public spaces for you to check out! We’ve put together a short list of some of the places we think you should check out, but we encourage you to get out and see what else you can find.
We are almost one month out from The World Games 2022! This vibrant event will be transformative for Downtown, and we want you to be a part of it! If you consider yourself a lover of Downtown Birmingham and are the friend that always knows where to go or what to do Downtown, this might be the perfect fit for you. We invite you to become a Downtown Ambassador Volunteer and help Birmingham put its best foot forward!
This Friday, May 20th, we will be having a (20th) Street Party (which you can read more about here) to celebrate the end of our Birmingham Green Refresh! While this certainly calls for a celebration, the party doesn’t stop there. We will still be adding some finishing touches to the street after the (20th) Street Party. These additional touches will help make Birmingham’s main street more vibrant, interactive, and efficient! Additions will include smart trash cans, free libraries, street performers, and more!