Birmingham’s Master Plan Was Revealed and We’ve Got the Rundown. (PHOTOS included)

New decade. New master plan for Birmingham. Photo via downtownbhamplan.com

Birmingham continues to boom and we love to see it! Big opportunities are coming to the city. Local leaders and organizations presented the master plan for the city center earlier this December. Keep reading to see what the future holds for our wonderful Magic City.

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Blooming Birmingham: Planting 5000 flowers around Children’s of Alabama and Parkside District

Blooming Birmingham volunteers gather at Children’s of Alabama lobby on December 13, 2019. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Birmingham’s Parkside District, home to Children’s of Alabama, Ronald McDonald House, Railroad Park and Regions Field is “blooming” with over 5000 flowers today.

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Five Points South could be Birmingham’s next Entertainment District. Hearing on December 17

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Are open containers in Five Points South’s future? We’ll know soon. Photo via Five Points South Bham on Facebook

Five Points South may soon become Birmingham’s next Entertainment District. What does this mean? 

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Mason Music Foundation empowering students, reviving Woodlawn Theatre

Guitar is just one of the instruments you can learn to play at Mason Music. Photo via Mason Music

Listen up, Birmingham! There’s a new community-based music program headed to Woodlawn. Thanks to the owner of Mason Music, the former Woodlawn Theatre space is getting a new lease on life. Read on to find out more.

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“A pivotal moment for the city of Birmingham.” Something BIG is coming to Parkside

Parkside West will be an urban commons designed to bring people together. Renderings via Orchestra Partners

Something huge is brewing in downtown Birmingham. Next September marks the 10 year anniversary of Railroad Park’s opening, and over the past decade, the area surrounding the park has taken on a life of its own. Some big players in Birmingham have teamed up on a master plan for Parkside—keep reading to find out what’s coming.

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Ensley’s Ramsay-McCormick Building is about to get some major TLC from the City of Birmingham.

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View from the street of the Ramsay-McCormick Building. Photo by Jeff E. Newman

In 1983, US Steel sold Ensley’s Ramsay-McCormick building to the City of Birmingham for $1. Now, 36 years later, this 1929 Art Deco building is about to get some major TLC. Keep reading for all the details.

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Big changes coming to the Southtown neighborhood in Birmingham. Find out the latest details here.

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Gensler‘s conceptual render of the Southtown redevelopment.

Last week, the Housing Authority of the Birmingham District (HABD) took a big step forward in the renewal of Southtown Court. The HABD board of commissioners unanimously approved the agreement for the redevelopment plan for Southtown. Here’s what you need to know.

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A sneak peek inside Birmingham’s cultural jewel – Prince Hall Masonic Temple. Photos!

Mr. Dennis Simmons, Endowment Secretary for the Prince Hall Grand Lodge. Photo by Nathan Watson for Bham Now.

Have you heard of the Prince Hall Masonic Temple? Once the cornerstone of Birmingham’s black community, the Masonic Temple Building has since fallen into a state of disrepair. However, the Prince Hall Masons are determined to restore this historic building to its full potential. Hang with me to follow my tour through this cultural jewel of Birmingham’s history.

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Explore Birmingham’s historic theaters, past and present, from downtown to Five-Points South

Birmingham’s Galax Theatre. Photo via cinematreasures.org

Every night, the bright lights of the Lyric and Alabama Theatres are bound to dazzle both visitors and natives alike. I toured downtown to discover what remains of the 73 theaters that once made up the Birmingham Historic Theater district.

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Lincoln Theatre undergoes restoration in Bessemer. Learn about the revitalization of this “arts desert” and the women behind it. (PHOTOS)

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Mary Holland (left) and Glenny Brock (right). Photo by Richard Rayburn

Downtown Bessemer’s Lincoln Theatre is getting a facelift! Being restored to help revitalize the arts within the community, the Lincoln Theatre is a historic African American theatre in downtown Bessemer. Keep reading for more info on the project and the two inspiring women behind it—Glenny Brock and Mary Holland.

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Pasta plant turned mixed-use development– Macaroni Lofts are coming to Parkside

This project is a redevelopment of the abandoned warehouse at the corner of 4th Avenue South and 14th Street. Photo by Beth Cunningham for Bham Now.

Yet another exciting Birmingham, Alabama addition in the works! Plans for the newest Parkside addition are being unveiled, and we can’t wait. Where does the name Macaroni Lofts come from? What makes this development unique? Keep reading for these answers and more. 

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