2021 was a big year of accomplishments for the REV team! From refreshing Downtown Birmingham’s main street to hosting another year of successful Woodlawn Street Markets, we are extremely proud of the progress we were able to make over the last year. And of course, none of this would be possible without our board, investors, sponsors, and yaysayers like you. We hope this next year brings just as much positive change to the City of Birmingham and we appreciate everybody who continues to support our work along the way. Now, let’s take a look at the 2021 Annual Report and celebrate all the milestones we hit this past year! This year’s report features projects like:
- The Value of Downtown Report
- 20th Street North Refresh
- Woodlawn Marketplace
- Magic City Mural Festival
And so much more!
Click below to view the full report including financials, our 2021 investors, and our Board of Directors!
A note from David Fleming, CEO
REV strengthens places, grows businesses, and creates experiences to create vibrant places. A “vibrant” place is where authentic places and diverse people meet, which requires being intentional about creating opportunities and improving quality of life for everyone.
REV Birmingham has been in pursuit of realizing the powerful visions our communities helped us dream: Downtown is the heart and soul of the region, and Woodlawn is the hub of equitable entrepreneurship. The past two years have been stressful on our society, and the impacts of the pandemic and social justice conversations we are working through have affected the places where REV works. I believe that REV’s 2021 efforts brought each district demonstrably closer to these community goals even in the midst of trying circumstances, as you’ll see in full color as you flip through these pages.
Economic recovery is underway downtown, and REV is helping to drive it. Workers are returning to their offices, new businesses are opening, and customers are filling tables and sidewalk seating. REV gained a stronger understanding of downtown, as it is and as it can be, through our work with national consultants and downtown property owners on the Value of Downtown report. With tons of new data, we’ve set a benchmark against which we can measure ourselves each year, and we’re strategically setting our work plans around ways we know downtown can improve. From strengthening the CAP team through new leadership and more competitive recruiting, to our investments in 20th Street, Linn Park planning, and downtown branding, we are positioning our City Center to capitalize on economic recovery, The World Games, and beyond.
In Woodlawn, we are in growth mode. The City is making progress on the Bus Rapid Transit station, which will bring more foot traffic and opportunity to the historic neighborhood’s business district. We, with our partners, are making big moves to create inclusive spaces to attract more people into the commercial district. Businesses in Woodlawn are strong, and our team is intentionally strengthening community ties and helping pave the way for new entrepreneurs, especially women and Black-owned businesses, to become contributors to this community.
Thank you for being a part of our work in 2021! We hope you’ll continue supporting and investing in a better Birmingham. Here’s to a vibrant 2022, when we all welcome the world to The Magic City!
Why your voice on historic preservation is essential
Filed Under: Front Page, Get Involved, Historic Preservation, Residential
President and CEO of REV Birmingham David Fleming writes about the importance of historic preservation and highlights the advocacy efforts that saved the French Quarter in New Orleans and the Forest Park neighborhood in Birmingham. The article concludes with a call to action, urging for new leaders and the implementation of various strategies to protect and celebrate Birmingham’s historic buildings and places.
It's show time at the Woodlawn Theater!
Filed Under: Filling Vacant Spaces, Front Page, Small Business, Woodlawn, Yaysayers
Lights, Camera, Action! The rebirth of the Woodlawn Theater is happening this weekend in the heart of Woodlawn. The theater is opening its doors to the public with two extraordinary opening events that are FREE to the public. The 1400 square foot venue has a wide range of amenities and even has a full-service bar. Because of the Mason Music Foundation, this venue is filling a much needed resource for local musicians to perform. Keep reading to discover how the theater came back to life and its impact on the community.
What Stallions cornerback, Brian Allen loves about Birmingham
Filed Under: Downtown Birmingham, Events, Front Page, Yaysayers
Brian Allen, a talented cornerback, has made the remarkable transition from a small town in Texas to the vibrant city of Birmingham. Choosing Birmingham for his football career for two consecutive seasons, Brian’s unwavering dedication and exceptional skills have made him a standout figure in the world of football. To dive deeper into Brian’s journey and discover his genuine appreciation for the city, watch this video with the link below!