Birmingham, Alabama – The Magical City
Posted on October 19, 2011
Birmingham, Alabama – there’s just something about this place. There’s no wondering why it’s called The Magic City.
What I have been referring to as the South’s big-little city (or is it a little-big city?) is hard to describe without experiencing it with all five senses. The smells, the sounds, the people – every inch of this city is unique. I can’t put my finger on it. A part of it is the ever changing landscape, and the land itself. Downtown Birmingham is nestled in the middle of a valley physically separated by gorgeous rolling hills. The views that I wake up to every morning are breathtaking. I live 10 miles from city-center, but you’d never know it.
Birmingham is a collective work in progress, always evolving, ever-bettering itself. There is an ambiance here that I’ve never felt before – and pride that extends far beyond a favorite college football team. You will find that there is something here for everyone, for every age and every interest. There’s a very close-knit feel, and it’s easy to meet people that want to find out about you over a drink.The food here isn’t all fast food chains and BBQ joints as you may have suspected. (Even if there were only BBQ joints, are you really complaining?)
I don’t know about my fellow Birmingham dwellers, but Vulcan is like my North Star. Whenever I see him standing atop the hill, I feel comforted. Protection, excitement over large inanimate cast iron statues, I’m not sure what it is, but when I look up and he surprises me through the trees or when I come around a curve in the road he puts a smile on my face.
After living here for a month, I’ve picked up on the push to develop the city and to enhance areas that have existed almost a century. Developers see great opportunity in renewing the vacant downtown spaces and turning them into fresh lifestyle areas such as Pepper Place in the southside area of town. There are renewal projects occurring all over town, and it’s a sign that this city is in a constant state of improvement.
Most people don’t know the real Birmingham, and I didn’t either until recently. These are all things that I’ve come to appreciate and love about Birmingham. When I put my finger on what it is about this city, I’ll share it with the world. Until then, I’ll leave it at there’s just something about this place.Birmingham, Alabama - The Magical City by Zack Sylvan