There is a wonderful article in National Geographic Traveler about the changing perception of Birmingham. A lot of it focuses on how the Downtown Revitalization has improved the metro area in general, and even mentions El Barrio! Read the article: Steel Magnolia -- National Geographic Traveler.
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If you've picked up the most recent issue of Birmingham Magazine you might recognize the setting of the fashion shoot. After doing a story on my place last year, our friends over at the magazine decided it would make a perfect setting to show off some swanky clothing. Here are some of the photos that didn't make the magazine. [gallery ids="1831,1830,1829,1828,1827,1826,1825,1824,1823,1822,1821"]
I never posted an overall finished tour of my loft the way I did for El Barrio. I always meant to get around to it, but was waiting until I could afford to update some of my furniture. Also I'm lazy. So when an old friend of mine from Birmingham Magazine called me asking to do a feature on my loft, I jumped at the chance to not have to write a blog post. You can read the article here and see the photo gallery here.
El Barrio has had a two hour wait pretty much every weekend I can remember but they are truly spilling out onto the streets tonight. I assume it has something to do with the story ABC 33/40 ran last night. I tried to find a video on their website but was unsuccessful. And look at the picture! Somebody brought a BABY downtown. 2nd Avenue and the loft district has faced a perception battle for a long time, but what a great image to show how that is changing!
El Barrio has been getting rave reviews. The Birmingham News featured a great article today. Weld had a good one last week. I'm glad these people can write about food because every time someone asks me to describe what El Barrio serves, I babble incoherently and then run off. This way I can just post links.
I got a partial Certificate of Occupancy last week, and I'm thrilled to announce that I'm living in my loft. I haven't had time to move any furniture in, so I'm set up somewhat camp style, sleeping on an air mattress and living out of unpacked boxes. I've posted about the lit countertops before, but being there at night allowed me to take this incredible picture that really shows off the idea of a forge:
Birmingham's background as a steel producing city inspired the molten metal look of the countertops as well as the steel cabinetry.
Not only have I moved in, but so have my first self storage customers. In fact, they liked it so much they got a second unit. Welcome John and Mabel Tingley!
Lofty downtown living is on the rise, it's our Fact Finder report | Alabama's 13. This segment shows a lot of the great lofts, but what I really like is that it prominently features the crime statistics. Crime is down 67% since CAPS started, and downtown now has one of the lowest crime rates in the metro area, second only to Vestavia (I heard a rumor that we recently took first place, but haven't seen any statistics on it yet).
The worst kept secret in Birmingham (mainly because I have trouble keeping my mouth shut) is that Brian and Geoff from Trattoria Centrale have been eying the Counts Bros. building for a new restaurant. We finished up the lease last week, and they announced their plans this morning in the Birmingham News. I'm a big fan of Trattoria Centrale; I got a sneak peak at the plans for El Barrio, and I think its going to be even better!
The Birmingham Business Journal mentioned Counts Bros. in another news story last week. Fran Godchaux, Interim President of Operation New Birmingham wrote this article about all the excitement happening downtown. Fran's helped me out immensely over the course of the project. Note that you have to have a subscription to read the full article. http://www.bizjournals.com/birmingham/print-edition/2011/03/18/city-center-blossoming-as-spring-nears.html
The local ABC affiliate reported on some of the great projects happening downtown. Jeremy's famous! There's a good shot of the Counts Bros./Storkland building, too. Thanks ABC 33/40. Despite bankruptcy talk, downtown business is booming - ABC 33/40 - Birmingham News, Weather, Sports.
This isn't really news for the Downtown Birmingham folks, but for those of you living elsewhere, a couple of weeks ago 2nd Avenue and Railroad Park were featured on CNN's My City, My Secret. The show interviewed Deontee Gordon who worked with us at Artwalk last year, and hopefully will again in 2011. Deontee took the interviewers to Urban Standard and What's on 2nd?, two businesses less than a block away from the Counts Bros. Building. CNN hasn't posted the video online that I can find, but you can see a bootleg here.
My neighbor Jeremy Wood is renovating a historic building down the street from me. We've had a good time keeping up with each others' progress and comparing notes. I'll post a few pictures of Jeremy's building next week, but in the meantime, he gave me some great news. We were both featured in a article in the Birmingham Business Journal by Lauren Cooper. How cool is that? See the article here.