Alleys aren’t just made for dumpsters. They can be transformed into an oasis among a bustling city center. With some relatively small changes, an alley becomes not a place to avoid, but a must-see destination.
We’re constantly dreaming of how these kinds of projects make cities more vibrant. Here are a few examples of how some elbow grease and imagination can make a world of difference:
How cool is this? A mural artist turned this alleyway into an outdoor art gallery. There are plenty of opportunities to paint city or area-specific murals. It creates a sort of secret space that’s a great backdrop for selfies, looking at you, millennials.
Let’s be honest here. Who doesn’t love string lights? Lights are a great way to add a little ambiance to just about anywhere. Also, they’re kind of like Christmas lights that are acceptable year-round. We could all use a little holiday cheer, especially if it means turning a dark alley into an inviting space.
Want to really up the ante? Adding seating might be the way to go. That way, visitors will want to stick around. Alleyway seating adds to the welcoming vibes, whether it’s extra outdoor seating for a restaurant or just a few benches that people can sit on while they’re exploring the city.
At REV, we also love seeing the added vibrancy on the street as patrons enjoy outdoor dining in our beautiful city. As indoor dining reopens, cities across the country are realizing that ending expanded outdoor dining could mean leaving money on the table.
Although the Greyhound Bus Terminal was renovated in the ’70s, many original elements of the building remained and have now been become historic highlights in the present-day adaptive reuse project. Join us on a photo tour of the historic space!
This is obviously good for downtown… but why *exactly*? Here’s REV President & CEO David Fleming’s take on what the move means for downtown Birmingham’s place in the world now and in the future.