Birmingham is many things to me.
Birmingham is the place where I started college. Traversing across the sprawling UAB campus that covers multiple urban, city blocks was terrifying at first, and then I loved it. I loved quickly learning how to watch the traffic lights and walk across the street before the WALK sign flashed. I loved leaving my classes and being able to get some sun on the campus green while still watching the cars pass by. I loved that people would sometimes fill the fountains by Campbell Hall and The Commons with bubbles (although I’m sure the people responsible for that maintenance were not so keen on the idea).
Birmingham is the place that gave me several venues to see my favorite artists play. It started with Workplay and seeing Joshua Radin play the songs from his second studio album. Since then, I’ve seen many of my music loves grace both of Workplay’s stages. Now we also have Iron City, which gave me the opportunity to see Damien Rice and Gavin DeGraw; and we have Saturn, where you can see bands and have a good cup of coffee at its coffee bar, Satellite.
Birmingham opens the doors of the gorgeous and historic Alabama Theatre and allows me to do the Time Warp at the Rocky Horror Masquerade Ball every October and sing Christmas songs along with the Mighty Wurlitzer each December. Birmingham is also home to the historic Lyric Fine Arts Theatre, which reopened its doors just last week.
Birmingham is the only U.S. city that found a place on Travel Channel’s Next 11 Great Destinations, alongside places like Myanmar and Poland. Our city boasts both the oldest baseball park at Rickwood Field, and one of the newest with Regions Field, where I go to watch the Birmingham Barons play every summer. Birmingham is home to Sloss Furnaces, a national historic landmark that produced iron for almost 90 years and really gave rise to the city of Birmingham. This city is filled with breweries for craft beer lovers, and it makes a summer night that much better to have a beer and some crawfish at Avondale Brewing.
Regions Field – Photo by Alex McAnnally
Sloss Furnaces – Photo by Alex McAnnally
I recently moved to a suburb just outside the city and can definitely understand why Forbes magazine listed Birmingham as one of the most affordable cities in the U.S. Birmingham is reinventing itself – from Railroad Park to the dozens of Sunday brunch spots scattered around the city (hello, Silvertron!) Speaking of food, Birmingham placed #1 on Zagat’s list of America’s Next Hot Food Cities, and that is not an understatement. The city is home to Chefs Frank Stitt and Chris Hastings, whose popular restaurants boast phenomenal and flavorful dishes. Birmingham has become a place for millennials to embrace the new, but it also retains its rich history for those old and young to enjoy.
It’s no surprise to me that Daxko is headquartered in Birmingham, and our office space boasts meeting rooms that are named after different places around town (Sloss, Avondale, Soho, and the list goes on). I’ve traveled to cities across the south, from Atlanta to Memphis to Savannah, and though I love so many things about each of these places, there’s nothing quite like the Birmingham that I call home.
Deeanna S. is a Customer Success Advocate and Tudor history buff who loves the outdoors.