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.
Marking a milestone: celebrating 10 years of REV Birmingham!
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TODAY IS THE DAY! REV Birmingham is celebrating 10 years of creating vibrant commercial districts in the City of Birmingham. Today is all about celebrating the past decade of success and all that we have accomplished. It all started ten years ago when two organizations – Operation New Birmingham and Main Street Birmingham – merged to create the one and only REV Birmingham. We have covered so much ground since then, from historic building rehab consulting all the way to our refresh of 20th Street North – and we are looking forward to seeing what the future holds for us here at REV.
Celebrating some of our favorite projects over the past 10 years of REV Birmingham!
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REV is turning TEN! Our birthday is swiftly approaching (it’s on November 15th in case you want to give us a happy birthday shoutout!) and we are spending the week leading up to it reflecting on the past 10 years. We have accomplished so much in just a decade, and we can’t wait to see what the next 10 years have in store for us. But for now, let’s take a trip down memory lane and look back at some of our favorite projects.
We interviewed local downtown residents why they chose Birmingham and the answers were astounding!
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From Austin, Texas to New Orleans, Louisiana, learn why this family choose to move into the city center of Birmingham. We are interviewing people from all around the city and learning why they chose to move into Birmingham.