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View Poll Results: Which city has the brighter future?
Birmingham 18 22.50%
Memphis 20 25.00%
Neither city will make a significant change 36 45.00%
Both cities with make a significant change 6 7.50%
Voters: 80. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-02-2013, 12:46 AM
 
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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, 01:39 PM
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Location: Macon, GA
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Both are underrated, especially Birmingham
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Old 07-07-2013, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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Memphis has Graceland!
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Old 09-15-2013, 06:33 PM
 
Location: North Bronx
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I'd say Memphis
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