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View Poll Results: Which city has the brighter future?
Birmingham 35 26.52%
Memphis 34 25.76%
Neither city will make a significant change 55 41.67%
Both cities with make a significant change 8 6.06%
Voters: 132. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-01-2013, 11:46 PM
 
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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.

https://www.google.com/search?q=auto...w=1366&bih=667

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.
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Old 07-07-2013, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Macon, GA
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Both are underrated, especially Birmingham
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Old 07-07-2013, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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Memphis has Graceland!
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Old 09-15-2013, 05:33 PM
 
Location: North Bronx
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I'd say Memphis
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Old 03-22-2015, 08:12 PM
 
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Bham looks like a Portland Oregon of the south today
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Old 03-22-2015, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Both cities really need to focus on the paths of Charlotte, Nashville, Atlanta, etc. They're kind of "Old South" with dark histories of racial strife.

I've never been, but Memphis strikes me as a larger version of Jackson, MS. I've heard many describe it as having more connections with Mississippi than the rest of Tennessee. However, I do hear (quite frequently) that it's a very rough city with a high crime rate.

I've heard Birmingham has some of the nicest suburbs in the South, communities like Mountain Brook. Hopefully, the horrific image from the 1960's is fading away. However, white supremacist billboards in the Birmingham metro is a huge no-no. I kid you not, I saw one driving in from Atlanta. If Birmingham wants to attract businesses, the Bible Belt-ish/Dixie Pride image needs to be taken down a notch.
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Old 03-22-2015, 10:35 PM
 
Location: Smyrna, TN
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Bham looks like a Portland Oregon of the south today
.....in what way?
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Old 03-23-2015, 10:23 AM
 
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Come on folks BHAM is building an awesome stuff downtown the pedestrian bridge looks cool , Rapid bus system , 2,500 new apartment / Condos downtown/midtown/southside . The negros league baseball museum , the zoo HUGE expansion , multi purpose facility , I22 connecting memphis to bham soon will spur more growth on the Northwest side of Bham , imo I think another Hoover may come within Graysville/adamsville, charter schoo ls now coming , Bham just needs more fun stuff like Dave n busters or an aquarium THAT'S JUST MY OPINION, nothing needed to be smoked for that.
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Old 03-23-2015, 10:26 AM
 
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Bham is making progress TONs!!!
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Old 03-23-2015, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville
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Come on folks BHAM is building an awesome stuff downtown the pedestrian bridge looks cool , Rapid bus system , 2,500 new apartment / Condos downtown/midtown/southside . The negros league baseball museum , the zoo HUGE expansion , multi purpose facility , I22 connecting memphis to bham soon will spur more growth on the Northwest side of Bham , imo I think another Hoover may come within Graysville/adamsville, charter schoo ls now coming , Bham just needs more fun stuff like Dave n busters or an aquarium THAT'S JUST MY OPINION, nothing needed to be smoked for that.
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Bham is making progress TONs!!!
fine, you must be baking up a storm.
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