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A Bird’s Eye View on Relocating to Birmingham

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Several years ago I was at a crossroads in life and change was eminent. I was contemplating leaving Birmingham and could go anywhere in the U.S. Over a six month period, I had visited all the major cities where I had once lived (I had moved 21 times in my life). Upon returning from the last visit, I looked out of the plane window and saw the beautiful, green rolling hills as we approached Birmingham and a warm feeling came over me; I knew I was home.

Birmingham is a surprise to many people who visit for the first time. Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, the terrain is hilly and there are beautiful vistas even on short trips to the grocery store.

flowersSpring begins early in March with beautiful blooms of the dogwood, bradford pear, various fruit trees and flowering shrubs. The area boasts several parks of all sizes from the Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve, a 1,011 acre park which is the 2nd largest Urban Nature Preserve in the country, to city parks such as the Aldridge Botanical Gardens (home of the Snowflake Hydrangea) and Moss Rock Preserve (a top repelling site in the US), to the Oak Mountain State Park, 10,000 acres on the Jefferson/Shelby county line.

picrelo2Formerly the Steel Capitol of the South, Birmingham has changed its major focus to medicine. The University of Alabama at Birmingham, which covers more than 80 blocks, adjacent to the city center, is a world-renowned research university and health center. Research funding has doubled every decade and currently exceeds 433 million. The University is Birmingham’s largest employer. In addition to UAB there are 5 other colleges and universities, 4 junior colleges and 3 religious training centers. Birmingham is also headquarters to several Fortune 500 companies.

umbrellasIn and around Birmingham, you will find a myriad of cultural activities. The Birmingham Museum of Art is one of the largest regional museums in the country with 21,000 permanent pieces in its collection. The Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center offers over 300 live performances each year. The Alabama Symphony Orchestra offers over 100 concerts per year in different venues throughout the city. In addition there are multiple musical, theatrical, and visual opportunities available. On the lighter side, the Stardome Comedy Club features dinner theatre seating and showcases nationally known comedians.

relopic6Sports fans will not be disappointed as the Birmingham area boasts over 45 golf courses and features the Regions Classic, a major tournament on the Champions Tour. College football is the #1 fall activity with the Alabama/Auburn rivalry plus the UAB Blazers with the home field advantage. UAB also competes in 14 other intercollegiate Division 1 sports. For baseball fans, the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium hosts the annual SEC Championship and the Birmingham Barons, a class AA affiliate of the Chicago White Sox play in a new stadium downtown. The Barbers Motorsports Park features a world-class road racing track, fabulous vintage motorcycle and car museum, and is the home of the Porsche Driving Experience.

picrelo5Looking for things to do with the little ones? The McWane Center provides hands on science experiments for kids, the Birmingham Zoo is home to over 700 wild animals, the Birmingham Children’s Theatre is one of the premier theatres for youth and family audiences in the country, the Southern Museum of Flight features 8 decades of aircraft and fun activities, and the Alabama Adventure and Splash Water Park is THE place to go for summer fun.

Whatever your interest, there is something for everyone in this great community.

 

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