The Magic City is home to countless cultural influences that contribute to our city’s vibrant culture. In the 1920s and 1930s, Tuxedo Junction stood within the Ensley neighborhood. Its dance halls brimmed with the latest jazz music and dances—including the Jive Dance which originated there.
By night it was the heart of the black community’s social paradise, and it will always be immortalized by Erskine Hawkins’ famous jazz tune “Tuxedo Junction”.
On a rainy Thursday in Birmingham, I went over to Ensley to check out Heritage Coffee, in the old Cotton’s building, and was so glad I did. Keep reading to find out more about all the action that’s happening at Cotton’s these days, and why you should stop by and check it out.
Once upon a time, the Ensley community was a vibrant steel town in its own right. Now, a group called “Ensley Alive” is working to breathe new life into this once-vibrant part of town, celebrating both the past, present and future of the place they call home.
The former Ensley High School, located at 2301 Avenue J in Ensley, was severely damaged when it caught fire this morning. According to various news reports approximately 50 city of Birmingham firefighters fought the fire.
In December of 2016, the Ramsay McCormack building in Ensley was slated to be demolished. After lawsuits and debate, a plan to renovate and utilize the building was announced. The plan calls for a $40 million project to relocate the municipal court, police and fire headquarters to Ensley. Now the city is seeking bids, by February 10th, for the renovation work.
Yesterday, Mayor William Bell unveiled a $40 Million Public Safety Municipal Complex planned for downtown Ensley. According to the Mayor’s office, the plan would create the first ever Public Safety Municipal Complex for the City of Birmingham pulling Municipal Court, Birmingham Police Department Administration and the Birmingham Fire and Rescue Department Administration to one location. The plan will involve public and private funding.