Welcome to the Magic City

Birmingham, Alabama, we locals like to say, is made from steel.  

You see, just a few short years after the end of the Civil War, early settlers realized the three main ingredients for producing steel (iron ore, coal, and limestone) were nestled right here within the red clay hills of Jones Valley. With an impressive railroad system in place, industry exploded, and the city of Birmingham was born, its skyline burning bright with steel furnace towers. The area quickly acquired the name “Magic City”, its rapid growth propelling Birmingham to the nation’s spotlight and attracting a bounty of new residents, construction, and development.

Although those furnaces have long been silenced, the Magic City remains an impressive Southern city. In fact, we're believers that Birmingham is the South's best kept secret. Home to Alabama’s largest employer, UAB, Birmingham’s short history has created a dense fabric of cultural amenities, corporate development, innovative research, and strong community. Ever evolving, Birmingham, Alabama has become a metropolitan destination that offers something for everyone: specifically, a great place to live, work, and play.

Most people see it as soon as they arrive - Birmingham is, well, it's just magical!

So, you want to LIV in Birmingham...

Why LIV?

The purpose of LIV is to offer an insider’s view of Birmingham City and its neighborhoods, rich with history, architecture, art, music and cuisine, not to mention an abundance of green space and urban parks. Some of our most notable characteristics are those that you may not find in any other place, and we think that’s pretty swell. We want tell you the story of Birmingham, and we encourage you to go out and LIV it!

How to LIV?

LIV offers support to anyone who may be considering buying or renting a home in the city of Birmingham. From neighborhood profiles to city living resources, LIV exists solely to help you find your way around these Magic City streets. It’s our pleasure to help you find community in this great city.

When to LIV?

Considering a new job in the city center? Ready to give up the long commute for city living? Interested in being part of the revitilization of one Birmingham’s historic neighborhoods? We encourage you to move right on in, to utilize the facts and finders found within this online guide to help you make a smooth transition. We’ll help you each step of the way. Let us be the first to say WELCOME HOME!

Won't you let us show you around...

Light Rails to set downtown Birmingham aglow!

June 27, 2013

REV Birmingham, along with Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, will #FlipTheSwitch Thursday, June 27 at 8p.m...

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Movies in the Park return to Avondale!

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"Movies in Avondale Park" returns this June!

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Get your tickets for Cool Spaces + Downtown Places

May 09, 2013

Cool Spaces + Downtown Places is this Saturday, May 11. Get your tickets for this self-guided walking tour of the Loft District's coolest live, work, and play spaces. It's also LIV's official launch event...

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Proud Placemaker: Amber Tolbert, East Lake

October 08, 2013

This budding small business owner believes, encourages and is investing in the potential of her neighborhood. 

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Proud Placemaker: Fran Taylor, Downtown

October 04, 2013

Check out why this downtown dweller doesn't even need a car to enjoy many great city attractions. 

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Proud Placemaker: Javacia Harris Bowser

September 27, 2013

Birmingham gave this hometown blogger the support she needed to make her dreams come true. 

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Light Rails to set downtown Birmingham aglow!

June 27, 2013

REV Birmingham, along with Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, will #FlipTheSwitch Thursday, June 27 at 8p.m...

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Birmingham named All America City

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Breaking News: Birmingham honored by National Civic League as one of ten 2013 All America Cities!

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Perpetual Promise? We'll take it.

June 14, 2013

It's not about what Birmingham can do for its residents; it's what the residents are doing for Birmingham...

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