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.
We’ve talked about sports, but downtown has so much more to offer! Downtown Birmingham has so many experiences in store for you, which can also turn into life-long memories. And lucky for you, we’ve created a tool to make all that exploring so much easier!
Ever host an event where you ordered way too much food and end up with more leftovers than you can even fathom? We’ve been there too – until we learned about Magic City Harvest! Magic City Harvest is an organization working towards ending food waste & hunger in the Magic City. They acquire perishable food from schools, wholesale food distributors, restaurants, caterers, churches, event venues and grocery stores to donate to 30 community partners on the frontlines feeding the city’s hungry neighbors.
We are approaching the finish line for the 20th Street Refresh, which calls for a celebration – and you’re invited! The City Center Business Improvement District (BID), funded by downtown property owners, is partnering with the City of Birmingham and REV Birmingham to celebrate a refreshed Birmingham Green. Come join the party on May 20th from 4 to 8 p.m (with a special celebration happening at 6 p.m.)!