The City of Birmingham and the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham have recently began looking for input for the future design of 20th Street North! In the early 1970s, a public-private partnership involving downtown business owners and the City of Birmingham created a plan to turn 20th Street North from 1st Avenue to Linn Park into a walkable, tree-lined corridor designed to attract more shoppers, restaurants and businesses to downtown’s Central Business District.
Almost 50 years later, the City of Birmingham and the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham have commissioned a study to explore streetscape improvements along 20th Street from 2nd Avenue South to Linn Park. The design team is led by Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, which has partnered with landscape architect Walter Hood of Hood Design Studio and Skipper Consulting.
Planners are researching what has been successful or not-so-successful in other cities, and will compare these case studies to Birmingham’s existing conditions and available resources to develop a model for the city to guide future improvements.
A design workshop is scheduled for August 3rd and 4th at the Auburn Urban Studio at 221 20th Street N, 35203. Stakeholders, business owners, residents – everyone interested in providing input – are invited to visit during the hours of 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM on both days.
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.
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.
Have you ever wondered how those delicious baking magazines look so good on paper but don’t turn out like the pictures? The geniuses behind the apron aren’t the only ones making those creations come to life. Photographers, producers, and editors are also behind the scenes making the food look as good as it tastes. Downtown Birmingham is lucky to have its own creative publication firm, Hoffman Media, right on 2nd Avenue North. With several state-of-the-art broadcasting kitchens and photography equipment, the firm can easily transform a recipe into a dreamy reality.