Reviving the urban planning wisdom of Birmingham’s 1925 Olmsted plan with the Red Rock Trail System

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The Red Rock Trail System enables citizens to bike, walk and run the Magic City. Photo by Greg Harber via Freshwater Land Trust’s Instagram

In the 1920s, Birmingham employed the skills of a true urban planning visionary, Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. We see his mark today in places like Ward and Rushton Parks, but his full-fledged master plan? It fell through the cracks. Today, the Red Rock Trail System is bringing it back, one trail at a time.

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Urban Land Institute of Alabama explores latest trends and Opportunity Zones

ULI’s Anita Kramer addresses meeting about 2019 Real Estate Trends at Sloss Furnaces. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Last week, the Urban Land Institute of Alabama (ULI) held its Trends in Real Estate 2019 Luncheon at Sloss Furnaces, featuring Anita Kramer, ULI Senior Vice President and a panel of local economic experts.

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Top 2019 urban design trends to be released at Urban Land Institute’s December 4 luncheon in Birmingham

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Photo of Birmingham from Red Mountain. Photo credit: Bham Now

What are the key trends that will shape the urban real estate market in 2019? What does the future hold for real estate investment in the U.S. and in Birmingham? Did you know Birmingham is an 18 hour city?

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Have you been to Birmingham’s new downtown Intermodal Facility? Why it’s transformational, according to Urban Land Institute Alabama.

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Birmingham’s new downtown Intermodal Facility. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Urban Land Institute (ULI) Alabama members James Fowler and Charles Ball are calling the new downtown Birmingham Intermodal Facility, a “transformational place in the heart of the city.”

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Urban Land Institute of Alabama poised to boost Birmingham’s future. Find out how you can get involved.

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View of the Birmingham from St. Vincent’s Hospital. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now.

The design of the City of Birmingham is constantly transforming. There are groups and organizations working with city leaders to ensure that the land within the city is shaped for its best possible use. It’s a process, and you can become a part of it by getting involved with the Urban Land Institute.

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Expert: Birmingham can be the most walkable city in the South

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Rotary Trail – photo from Freshwater Land Trust

Last week, at the conclusion of a two day tour of Birmingham, Christopher Coes,  Vice President at Smart Growth America and a leading expert on transportation and walkable communities declared that Birmingham can be one of the most walkable cites in the South.

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