GREAT PLACES ARE GREAT FOR PEOPLE.
Communities need space to gather, space to connect, space to collaborate. REV believes that, in order to create vibrant commercial districts, communities have to design alongside the business and property owners, their customers and visitors, and the nearby residents who will use the space. When they want what’s best for the community, we call them yaysayers.
There’s a big difference between doing something for a community, and doing something with a community. The REV team believes that community stakeholder must lead their own revitalization. REV is there to feed them: feed them strategic planning, feed them proven strategies, feed them resources and information. This approach looks different in every community where we work, because our neighborhoods are unique and their strategies for growth should be too.
Through a relationship with the City Center District Management Corporation, REV carries out revitalization services in downtown Birmingham with the support of downtown property owners. REV conducts regular formal and informal engagement with property owners, their tenants, employees and customers to design and implement improvement projects.
Years of community-led planning has produced a plan for the revitalization of Woodlawn’s business district through a lens of equitable entrepreneurship. Community volunteers are working alongside REV and partner groups like Woodlawn Foundation, Woodlawn Business Association and neighborhood associations to identify and grow Woodlawn entrepreneurs in the district.
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.