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dallastiger55
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Question about Birmingham
Stumbled across a random fact today about Birmingham. I never knew that it was 71% Black and only 28% White. I know its only the city limits, but has it always been this way and how did it get that way?


Just curious. Ive only been a few times when I was kid and never noticed.

TIA


fallguy_1978
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re: Question about Birmingham
White flight to the burbs. My wife's parents were part of it.


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re: Question about Birmingham
Won"t you paint me a Birmingham....white


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The Mick
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Saban


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805tiger
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re: Question about Birmingham
It switched over from white to black in the 70's.


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HempHead
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re: Question about Birmingham
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I know its only the city limits, but has it always been this way and how did it get that way?


Integration.

There's a reason there are a dozen plus suburbs right next to the city.

ETA: I imagine the only pre-integration municipality was Mountain Brook (1942 I believe), and that was wealthy folks making their own little enclave on the mountain.
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TheHarahanian
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re: Question about Birmingham

Look at Memphis, Jackson, Montgomery, etc.


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re: Question about Birmingham
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White flight to the burbs. My wife's parents were part of it.
They've made a lot of progress gentrifying, but they have a long way to go.

I think it is closer to like 60% black & 35% white now.


fallguy_1978
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They've made a lot of progress gentrifying, but they have a long way to go. 

I think it is closer to like 60% black & 35% white now

Seems like they've done a decent job with downtown but the city itself has still lost over 30k in the 2000s. I'd guess most of that to the surrounding suburbs.


HempHead
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Seems like they've done a decent job with downtown but the city itself has still lost over 30k in the 2000s. I'd guess most of that to the surrounding suburbs.



Unless you are single or DINK, there is no reason to live within the city proper.


fallguy_1978
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Unless you are single or DINK, there is no reason to live within the city proper.

My in laws eventually bailed to Vestavia Hills area from Birmingham proper
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re: Question about Birmingham
Most people live in homewood, vestavia, Hoover, or mountain brook a few minutes away


Aubie Spr96
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re: Question about Birmingham
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White flight to the burbs.



I was born in Ensley. Raised in Bluff Park.


Downtown is coming back around quickly with the developments in Lakeview, Avondale, and Regions Field. We are a long way away from areas like Ensley and Woodlawn coming back.


fallguy_1978
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I was born in Ensley. Raised in Bluff Park. 

Yeah that whole Ensley, Wylam, Fairfield area is still pretty rough. My wife lived around there as a kid too.


HempHead
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Downtown is coming back around quickly with the developments in Lakeview, Avondale, and Regions Field. We are a long way away from areas like Ensley and Woodlawn coming back.



I went to a liquor/wine tasting somewhere off of 12th Ave N last weekend. Some old hipster lady has a really nice boutique package store right at the edge of the ghetto. The houses on the street (24th St N I think) look ripe for gentrifcation - big as hell early 1900s homes that are run down. I wonder how much a block could be bought for.


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The houses on the street (24th St N I think) look ripe for gentrifcation


The city has been tearing down houses in that area over the past 6 months - a year. There are still talks of developing the old Carraway Hospital into retail shopping and apartments. That area might already be getting expensive.


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re: Question about Birmingham
Surprised it's 28% white.
Very few white neighborhoods that I know of in the city limits


HempHead
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The proximity to Uptown and the (potential) new stadium makes that some prime real estate.

I think the biggest growth over the next few decades will occur north and northwest of Birmingham proper, especially if they build that loop.

Really tempted to buy some lots or shit-shacks on 31N at the edge of town.


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re: Question about Birmingham
aside from hispters white people live in the over the mountain burbs.


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The Spleen
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Very few white neighborhoods that I know of in the city limits



Southside, Forest Park, and Crestwood are all likely predominantly white. Avondale is probably getting close to being predominantly white, if it isn't already.


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