Originally Posted by nashvols
I'd like to note that for the most part I want to keep this thread positive. I know there are people who think that neither city has much of a future (which is why I included that as an option)...however, I think that both have the bones to rebound in a big way.
I don't follow Birmingham news as much as Memphis (since Memphis is in my home state), but recently, Birmingham build a new ballpark downtown. It is beautiful, and respects the urban environment very well. It has an industrial feel to it, paying homage to Birmingham's past.
Regions Field | Birmingham Barons About
Ballparks such as these are very important to revitalization efforts because they help bring people back into the city -- many times from the suburbs -- people who would not normally be downtown (unless they work there). If developed properly (with restaurants/retail/nightlife), they can be a big time difference-maker.
I still think I like Memphis's Autozone Park a little bit better. The setting is incredible. But I think this is certainly something that both cities have gotten right.
I have noticed Memphis has a number of urban projects and proposals in their pipeline. While not all of the proposals will affect the skyline (there are at least a few highrises in the works), there is a lot that can be done to boost the urban environment there and help enhance the city's already great urban bones.
I would encourage anyone here from either Memphis or Birmingham to post under construction and proposed developments in this thread.
It is indeed amazing what urban ballparks can do for a downtown. I've never been inside Autozone Park, but I was definitely impressed from what I saw from the street when I was last there.
For Birmingham, the ball got rolling with Railroad Park
, which has gotten all kinds of positive press. Then came Regions Field, and it looks like things are only starting to ramp up in terms of downtown development.