Last August, REV Birmingham partnered with the Alabama Chapter of ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects), the City of Birmingham, and the City Center District Management Corporation (CCDMC) to install new plants on 20th Street North—native species that require less maintenance— to brighten up one of Birmingham’s most traveled streetscapes.
Now, it’s winter and we must confess the obvious: The plant beds aren’t lush right now—but that’s all by design.
Read more about the installation in 2020 and see what these native plants look like in full bloom!
Six Birmingham landscape architecture firms—Studio A, GMC, Renta, Dix Hite, Golightly and Macnally Land Design—collaborated on the designs for a long-term streetscape plan, which will eventually extend from Linn Park to the tracks.
To give a much-needed refresh to the Birmingham Green’s plant beds, the designers selected a mix of evergreens (plants with leaves or needles that are green year-round) and deciduous (plants that lose their leaves in the winter). Their design places these plants in a way that the leafy balance out the leaf-less in the winter—then in the spring, summer and fall, the plant beds will feel full and colorful once again.
Learn more about REV's work on 20th Street
Magic City Match is a program that transforms lives and opens doors for Black entrepreneurs and business owners. Led by REV Birmingham and powered by Prosper, this initiative aims to create opportunities for Black-owned businesses by matching them with brick-and-mortar spaces where they can thrive. After a successful pilot program in 2022, Magic City Match is back in action and ready to empower a new wave of entrepreneurs.
One of the most legendary and storied neighborhoods of Birmingham is Woodlawn. It is a community, anchored by one of the great public high schools of Birmingham, that has produced many citizens who contributed to the life of our city and has had an impact beyond the neighborhood itself. In a short post like this true justice cannot be done to the rich heritage and legacy of Woodlawn. However, we hope that this narrative brings together many of the diverse threads that make up the fabric of the community’s historic arc in a concise piece.
Woof, woof! I’ve been having an absolute blast visiting my sister in Downtown Birmingham. I can hardly wait to share all the details with you once you return from your vacation. In the meantime, I wanted to put paw to paper and tell you all about it, with the hope of convincing you that moving Downtown could be the most wonderful decision ever.