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Old 01-24-2012, 10:42 PM
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Hi. I'm moving to the Avondale area from Columbus, Georgia in February. I have some friends who own a place there and they told me I could come stay with them rent free for a couple of months until I get a job and can start paying for a room there.

My only problem is that I don't have a car. I'm gonna be living off of 5th Ave, right by Avondale Park. Are there places nearby where I can find work? Preferably something I can walk or bike to. I've worked a lot of retail jobs, a cafe job...customer service/retail or restaraunt jobs would be the kind of stuff I'm looking for. I'm a struggling artist (visual and musical) and I have a lot of tattoos, so I need something where that would be okay.

I've heard a lot about Birmingham's high crime rate, but I have several other friends in Birmingham, and everyone tells me this is a pretty decent area. Is this true? I've been there several times myself, and walked around the area at different times of the day and night, and everything seemed cool.

Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 01-25-2012, 04:52 AM
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Neighborhoods change very quickly in that part of town. Fifth Avenue South is iffy. Sixth Avenue South is fine. We lived in that neighborhood a long time and loved it. And with the park's renovation, it's going to be even better.
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Old 01-25-2012, 09:38 AM
Location: Santa Fe, NM
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Avondale is a good area for the young and artistic. South of the Park you'll find single family homes that increase in price and quality as you get closer to Forest Park and Crestwood. As CPG said, the "comfort" zone changes between 5th and 6th, primarily because north of 6th you'll start to find a lot of infill apartment complexes from the 1980s that don't cater to the best neighbors in the world. But the boosters of downtown Avondale are working HARD to make it work. There is a microbrewery and I think several folks in the design trades right in the area. But there is also a no-tell motel right there and a Spanish-speaking used car lot. It's a mix of things that makes me think of larger cities than Birmingham.

You might find work right there in the area, but my take on the area is that it is a lot of self-employed small entrepreneurs. So I'm thinking they're not in a position to do much hiring. On the bright side, you will be right on the bus line. The bus system wheezes along and is prone to lateness and breakdowns and is forever cutting routes, but it does still exist. As long as you can find something with regular hours (buses don't run overnight) you can make use of public transit. Also, you can always bike. Or you can bus/bike, as the buses have racks for bikes.

There are a lot of locally-owned restaurants in the Five Points and Forest Park area, and that would be a good place to start. But Avondale is pretty centrally-located, which will help for the job hunt. Welcome to Birmingham!
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Old 01-25-2012, 10:01 AM
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To add to what Jakabedy said, it's an awfully easy bike ride to downtown, Southside, and UAB.
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Old 01-29-2012, 09:08 AM
Location: Birmingham, AL
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The #17 Eastwood bus runs right on 5th Ave. Take that bus to the Eastwood area and there are tons of retail stores to work at (Walmart, office depot, etc....). I like the bike riding idea. You are not far from the UAB area. Plenty of jobs there.
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Old 02-02-2012, 01:16 AM
Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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jakabedy is most accurate as far as Avondale goes. Good neighborhood. Downtown and areas near to it are actually some of the most safe places in the state.
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Old 08-01-2012, 09:13 AM
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How do I start a new thread?
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Old 08-01-2012, 10:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Yikesimlost View Post
How do I start a new thread?
Go up to the very top, where there is the folder tree for the site and click on the last one, ">Birmingham Area>" and that will take you back to the B'ham area main page. From there you'ss see a blue oval button a few inches down on the left that says "new post".
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