Birmingham, the Magic City, the Steel City, Birminghome. Whatever you call it, Birmingham is undeniably a great place to hang your hat. Though it isn’t one of the oldest cities or one of the largest, it’s residents genuinely love their city. Birmingham was established in 1871 to accommodate an intersection between the north and south Alabama and Chattanooga railroads. Within 30 years the city had boomed due to the steel industry, giving it is two famous nicknames, the Magic City and the Steel City. What makes this modest southern city so popular with its residents? Below are __ people’s responses to the question, “why do you love living in Birmingham?”
“I love living in Birmingham because of the profession opportunities I’ve already had and will have. As an Athletic Training major I have access to a lot of high school and college programs in the area that l can work with and get experience. Also, Andrew Sports Medicine is located here, and I had the opportunity to observe them my freshman year which was such a privilege. There the possibility for more opportunities with them in the future and I’m so grateful for that.” – Mikayla Scarborough, 19 years-old
“I love Birmingham because it’s a moderate sized city that still has a small town feel. I love that you can still get the mom-and-pop feeling here. And I love the food culture that’s emerging here. Especially in Avondale with all of the breweries and cool restaurants, it’s awesome. I love the botanical gardens, too. It’s really nice that we have those to walk around in.” – Madeline J., 24 years-old
“Much of the reason why I love living in Birmingham, is because there is an abundant amount of opportunity for me to get plugged in as a young professional. Due to the large amount of growth and revitalization happening within the city, there’s also a massive amount of opportunity for me to start a small business. But I would say above all else, I love living in Birmingham because of the sense of community and how easy it is to get plugged in.” – Wade Cline, 21 years-old
“I love the film industry here. We have one of the largest sidewalk film festivals in the country and one of the largest film festivals in general. There aren’t permit fees so it’s cheap- most of the walking dead is filmed in northern Alabama. I’ve heard that the Erwin Brothers might be opening up a studio here. I also grew up here so it has a lot of history. Everything has a story, you know? The climate is nice, too. I like that we don’t have a real winter. Birmingham is also called the Portland of the south which is cool. You know, it’s got a good coffee shop vibe going on throughout the city. Avondale is really where that’s concentrated, it’s pretty hipster.” – Anna Howard, 23
There’s many reasons to love Birmingham. It has an emerging foodie culture, a film culture, and opportunities for great success. It may not be Atlanta or New York, but for those who love it, it really is Birminghome.