“Birmingham is ready to surprise you” according to New York Times

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The Market at Pepper Place

“Birmingham is ready to surprise you.” ~ New York Times

That was the declaration from today’s June 15, 2017 edition of the New York Times Travel section in an article titled “36 hours in Birmingham, Ala.

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View of Railroad Park from on top of the Empire Hotel

The author of the Times piece, Chaney Kwak, featured more than 20 Birmingham businesses, restaurants, hotels, museums and parks.

In the article Kwak profiled: Naked Art, Zoe’s in Forest Park, Little Savannah, Post Office Pies, Saturn, Pepper Place Market, Sloss Furnaces, Railroad Park, Negro Southern League Museum, Red Mountain Park, Chez Fonfon Pizitz Food Hall, Civil Rights Institute, Yellowhammer Creative, Highlands Bar and Grill, Woodlawn Cycle Cafe, Saw’s Soul Kitchen, Marty’s PM, Hot and Hot Fish Club, Red Mountain Park, Open Shop, Club Duquette, Oven Bird, Redmont Hotel and Cobb Lane Bed and Breakfast.

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Entrance at Kelly Ingram Park in the Civil Rights District

The best excerpt from the story:

“Today, as you retrace the steps of demonstrators who changed the course of American history on the Civil Rights Heritage Trail, you’ll find a city experiencing an electrifying revival. Creative entrepreneurs are returning home, airy lofts breathe new life into downtown and Southern cooking gets global makeovers.”

We absolutely agree.



Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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