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Birmingham, Alabama

Federal Stimulus Offers a Chance for Local Reinvention

Cities around the country are making big plans for economic relief funding from the federal government.

April 21, 2021 - The Washington Post

Birmingham, Alabama

Birmingham Gets New Buses as Part of Plan to Improve Transit

Birmingham, Alabama is buying 15 new buses to run on a planned bus rapid transit route.

August 24, 2019 - ABC 33/40

Birmingham, Alabama

Microtransit to Fill Transit System Gaps in Birmingham

With very little of its residential population or employment centers accessible by public transit, Birmingham is looking to microtransit to potentially reduce single-occupancy vehicles use in the city.

November 15, 2018 - Smart Cities Dive

Birmingham, Michigan

20th Anniversary of the Birmingham Master Plan: City Planners Created an Industry Standard

It has been 20 years since the city of Birmingham, Michigan approved the Birmingham 2016 Master Plan. Robert J. Gibbs, one of the planners on a team that included Andrés Duany, describes the decisions and process that contributed to the plan.

July 13, 2016 - Robert J. Gibbs

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New Program Aims for Revitalization Without Displacement

A new program by Smart Growth America is working within specific communities to find ways to deliver the benefits of revitalization with fewer of the drawbacks.

June 23, 2016 - Smart Growth America

Birmingham, Alabama

Exploring Birmingham's Uneven Revitalization

WBHM is producing a series of articles on the revitalization of Birmingham, Alabama.

June 1, 2016 - WBHM

Highway Widening Plan Meets Resistance in Birmingham

A petition and a lawsuit are so far the tactics used by local advocates to oppose a plan by the Alabama Department of Transportation to widen an interstate that runs through the heart of Birmingham.

February 3, 2016 - Over the Mountain Journal

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European Cities Try to Make Cars Unwelcome

Many cities in Europe are rediscovering their pre-automobile roots, using new technologies like ride-sharing and congestion pricing and old-fashioned ones like demolishing parking lots and dense development. Car ownership is dropping precipitously.

May 8, 2015 - The Guardian

A Bikeshare First in Birmingham, Alabama: E-Bikes

Electric-assist bikes, sometimes called e-bikes, are about to be added to the bikeshare mix in a city that might surprise you: Birmingham, Alabama.

April 27, 2015 - AL.com

Can Biking Build a Bridge to Transit in Birmingham?

Urban areas across the country have identified bikes as a fat-burning, congesting-decreasing, transit-supporting alternative to automobiles. And Birmingham – despite a need for all these benefits – has lagged tremendously behind.

August 9, 2013 - The Birmingham News

Should Birmingham Double Down on Downtown-Dividing Interstate?

A innovative approach to I-20/59 could thrust downtown Birmingham past other revitalizing cities, but the state has been reluctant to think outside the box.

June 25, 2013 - The Birmingham News

Route for England's New High-Speed Rail Line Unveiled

This week, the UK government announced the controversial route for phase 2 of "the first major railway line north of London since Victorian times." The line, dubbed HS2, will halve journey times between northern cities and to the capital.

February 1, 2013 - The Guardian

Birmingham Brothers Create a Template for Neighborhood Revitalization

Two entrepreneurs and brothers take urban development matters into their own hands. The result? Lured by a contest offering free rent, and the associated buzz, Birmingham's South Avondale finds itself in the midst of a cultural renaissance.

October 25, 2012 - The Atlantic Cities

English Cities Gain Historic New Powers

In what Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg calls a "dramatic power shift", England's largest cities have gained new powers to control their economies and transportation, reports Sam Lister.

July 6, 2012 - The Independent

Sprucing Things Up on the Wrong Side of the Tracks

Will French takes a look at the success of Birmingham's downtown revitalization, which – in the absence of a waterfront – embraced its historic railroads, instead.

May 16, 2012 - Urban Land

Leveraging the Wisdom of Crowds through Participatory Platforms

New technologies are providing participatory platforms that allow individuals to share their ideas, interact with other's ideas, and work towards collaborative solutions to resolve problems or take advantage of opportunities. Kevin C. Desouza, PhD offers five guidelines to ensure that the use of such emerging technologies are maximized by practitioners.

March 5, 2012 - Kevin C. Desouza

America's Second Most Obese City Get Better Access to Healthy Foods

Birmingham, Alabama is creating a new system of open markets that will bring fresh foods as well as more social space for the city's residents.

March 11, 2011 - Project For Public Spaces

High Speed Rail from London to Scotland Planned

Take a virtual (5-minute) trip on the 250 mph proposed train from London to Glasgow. All political parties agree on the need for what Secretary of State, Andrew Adonis, terms '21st century transport revolution', but the routing is less certain.

March 16, 2010 - BBC News

Three High Speed Rail Lines Announced in UK

The three new high speed rail lines are being called the biggest advancement of the United Kingdom's public transit system in more than 50 years.

March 15, 2010 - The Mirror

Another Mayor Arrested; City Faces Bankruptcy

The mayor of Birmingham, Alabama, faces a slew of federal charges related to bribery and abuses of power.

December 3, 2008 - Birmingham News

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