Highland Avenue joggers, walkers and dog lovers who stumble and trip on the crumbling sidewalks along the neighborhood’s three historic parks – help is on the way.
This week, at the Birmingham City Council Tuesday meeting, a measure was passed to begin repairing Highland Avenue sidewalks.
The initiative is paid for by the Highland Park Neighborhood Association which allocated $13,090 to do sidewalk repairs along Highland Avenue and some side streets.
According to Elizabeth Sanfelippo, president of the Highland Park Neighborhood Association, the funding targets the first phase of the project, which begins at Freddy’s and the 280 bridge and moves eastward to Niazuma and 2600 Highland. To complete the entire stretch of Highland Avenue, along with some side streets, she expects the project to continue moving to the east and that it will take three to four additional phases.
“The plan is to start along Highland Avenue and then begin tackling those side streets that are not Highland Avenue. When we first took office a couple of years ago we did a survey. The top priorities for people were planting more trees and fixing sidewalks.”Elizabeth Sanfelippo
Sanfelippo praised City Councilor Valerie Abbott for supporting the effort.
A Little History
Known for its three parks, Caldwell, Rhodes and Rushton and Highland Park Golf Course, Highland Avenue at the turn of the 1900s featured a trolley system. The historic boulevard was at the time the largest and widest street in the South, according to Richard Dabney, author of the book, Birmingham’s Highland Park.
A Busy Year
2021 is going to be a busy year in the Highland Park Neighborhood. Along with sidewalk work, Sanfelippo informed us that according to Councilor Abbott’s office, Hanover Circle will be repaved by the city once the weather warms up. She expects that project to be completed over the summer.
If you are taking a run or walking your dog, lookout for the new and improved sidewalks in the coming months. Meanwhile, if we hear any additional news about Highland Park or Birmingham’s 98 other neighborhoods we will gladly provide an update.