5 exciting reasons to love living in Downtown Birmingham


The Palmer
Have you thought about living in downtown Birmingham? (The Palmer)

Living in downtown Birmingham has become increasingly popular over the past few years, with new and exciting apartment communities like The Palmer Parkside popping up throughout town. Keep reading for five exciting reasons to make the move to downtown Birmingham!

1. Access to Birmingham’s Parks & Greenspaces

Railroad Park
Imagine watching every sunset like this in Railroad Park. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

It’s no secret that downtown Birmingham is home to several amazing parks. Whether you’re looking to exercise, plan a picnic or simply enjoy the greenery, here are five parks within easy walking distance of downtown:

  • Railroad Park, a 19-acre park with a beautiful lake, walking/jogging trails, wide-open green spaces and beautiful views of the city.
  • Rotary Trail, a linear trail running along First Avenue South that connects Railroad Park to Sloss Furnaces & beyond.
  • Linn Park, an urban park in the center of Birmingham and located near City Hall, the downtown branch of the Birmingham Public Library, Boutwell Auditorium and the Birmingham Museum of Art.
  • Kelly Ingram Park is located in Birmingham’s historic Civil Rights District and includes monuments to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth and other iconic figures from the Civil Rights Movement.
  • Marconi Park is located in the middle of Park Place and includes a baseball field, a basketball court and tables for community picnics.

2. Proximity to happenings + events in Birmingham

Sidewalk Film Festival
Have a ball at Sidewalk Film Festival this year! (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

The World Games 2022 may have come to a close, but there is always something to do in The Magic City! There are dozens of events in downtown Birmingham throughout the year, including:

  • Sidewalk Film Festival, a film festival held in downtown Birmingham since 1999.
  • Birmingham Restaurant Week, a celebration of Birmingham’s vibrant restaurant scene featuring dining deals, special events and more.
  • Magic City Art Connection, a contemporary art festival—held at Sloss Furnaces—that features hundreds of artists from around the state.
  • Mercedes-Benz Marathon Weekend, one of the South’s most prominent running events with a marathon, a half marathon, a marathon relay, a 5k and a kids’ marathon!

Ready to make the move to downtown Birmingham? Click here to learn more about living at The Palmer in Parkside!

3. Access to the best bars & restaurants in town

The Fennec
The Fennec, one of the new bars in Birmingham’s Parkside. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

With more than 48 bars, 15 breweries and countless locally-owned restaurants, downtown Birmingham is a foodie paradise.

For example, The Palmer Parkside is within easy walking distance to:

4. Proximity to major local employers, including UAB 

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The University of Alabama at Birmingham is one of the state’s largest employers! (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

Did you know that The University of Alabama at Birmingham is the second-largest employer in the state, clocking in at roughly 21,000 employees? With buildings throughout downtown, UAB is a convenient workplace for employees who live just a few blocks away.

In addition to UAB, there are countless job opportunities in The Magic City from large companies to small businesses—just check out our local job listings!

5. Micromobility

The Rainbow Viaduct
VEO Scooters are just one way to travel in Birmingham. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

One of the best parts about living in downtown Birmingham? You don’t have to use a car to get around! Even if you don’t want to walk too far, there are multiple ways to get to your destination including:

Ready to make the move to downtown Birmingham? Click here to learn more about living at The Palmer in Parkside!

Learn More about living in downtown Birmingham at The Palmer Parkside

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The Palmer in Birmingham’s Parkside District. (The Palmer)

Want to learn more about living in Birmingham? You’re in luck—The Palmer is now leasing in Parkside! Visit their website to learn more, view a 360 Virtual Tour of the apartment community and schedule a tour!

What is your favorite thing to do in downtown Birmingham? Tag @bhamnow to let us know!

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