Downtown is booming…
In March 2013, Forbes.com listed the city among 15 cities with emerging growth. The Magic City is a hub for medicine, education with 4 colleges, culture, and entertainment.
Healthcare in the Magic City
Home to nationally ranked hospitals and a nationally ranked medical school. The medical field is one of the largest employers in the area employer more than 70,000 people in 2015.
University of Alabama Birmingham Medical School and Hospital
UAB is a public university known for its medical school and the UAB Health System. UAB Hospital is nationally ranked as one of the 20 largest and best equipped medical centers. UAB is the second largest employer in the state. UAB Health System is ranked 4th largest in the nation. UAB & UAB Hospital
Children’s of Alabama Expansion
Nation’s third largest pediatric medical facility and nationally ranked in 8 pediatric specialties. The hospital serves as the site for the UAB’s pediatric programs. Children’s of Alabama
St. Vincent’s Hospital
Nationally ranked with the highest ranking possible for 3 adult procedures (heart failure, hip replacement, and knee replacement). It’s a medium sized hospital with 409 beds. St. Vincent’s Hospital
Awarded as with two America’s 100 Best in Orthopedic Surgery and Spine Surgery. Nationally ranked in heart failure and hip replacement by U.S. News. The medical and surgical hospital has 607 beds. Brookwood Medical Center
The newest hospital in the Birmingham area, Grandview opened in 2015. The 534 bed hospital prides itself on being a highly modern hospital with some of the newest in medical technologies. Grandview Medical Center
Revitalization of Downtown
Regions Field Minor League Stadium (Spring 2013)
Home of the Birmingham Barons, the 2016 Southern League Organization of the year. The team has led the league in attendance since the move downtown with 418,361 attendance in 2016. The Switch Yard on the 14th opened Spring 2017. Barons
The park has 19-acre green space located downtown and celebrates the artistic and industrial heritage of our great city. A venue for concerts, outdoor recreation, local events, and family activities. Railroad Park is 30% water and features paths that wind throughout. The Rail Trail extends the length of the park, perfect for runners and walkers. Railroad Park
Features upscale restaurants and nightlife spots. Uptown is located beside the Westin and the BJCC. Uptown
Located in the Historical district, these renovated theaters are important attractions. The Lyric is a 100-year-old theater restored in 2016. The Alabama Theater is on the National Registry of Historic Places and was fully restored in 1998. It is a popular venue for concerts, shows, events, and weddings. Lyric Theater & Alabama Theater
Tech in the Magic City
The tech industry is on the rise with companies like ITAC Solutions, DAXCO, Telegraph, ZEEKEE, Vulcan Solar, and Protective Life making creative spaces for tech. Communities, like TechBirmingham, are creating resources and connections to help up and coming companies in the tech industry find a home in the metro area.
Since the industrial boom, the Magic City has given townships from North to South and West to East. So many of the residents of the newer cities (some dating back to the earlier 1900’s) surrounding the city, still have a special connection the heart of the Magic City. It is the hub where our county city halls, businesses, universities, cultural and art centers operate. Each resident of the Magic City(ies) may call Vestavia, Hoover, Homewood, Helena, Mountain Brook, Chelsea, Gardendale, Trussville or McCalla home, but none of us can separate ourselves from the connection to the city.
Cultural and Educational Attractions:
Vulcan Park and Museum-Look out over the city from the restored pedestal of the Vulcan Statue and tour the museum of the history of the iron industry.
Sidewalk Film Festival-TIME magazine named among the “Film Festivals for the Rest of Us”
Civil Rights Institute-Kelly Ingram Park and the 16th Street Baptist Church in the Civil Rights District of the city.
Museum of Art-Houses more than 24,000 paintings, sculptures, prints, and decorative art pieces.
Birmingham Zoo-Home of 200 species from six continents.
McWayne Center-Hands on science museum with IMAX theater.