Plans For Citywalk Bham Starting To Come Together

| September 6, 2019 @ 5:00 am

By Michael Sznajderman

As workers connect the pieces of a rebuilt elevated highway through downtown Birmingham, also coming together are the ideas for the nearly mile-long public space that will occupy the real estate underneath.

CityWalk BHAM will stretch for 10 blocks below the newly reconstructed Interstate 59/20, from 15th Street North to 25th Street North. The 31-acre space will provide better pedestrian connections to several downtown attractions and nearby institutions, including the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama School of Fine Arts, Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex and the soon-to-be built Protective Stadium, the new home for UAB football.

Over the past year, landscape designers under contract with the Alabama Department of Transportation have gathered input from residents and other stakeholders about what should be included in the public space, from recreational facilities to outdoor art.Based on the input, a “master plan” for the space is coming together, although officials emphasize that nothing is final.

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