17th Street North
17th Street North is one of the primary north-south streets in downtown Birmingham's business district. Downtown, south of 11th Avenue North, the street is one-way for South-bound vehicular traffic. The change was made in 1973 as part of the Alabama Department of Transportation's TOPICS (Traffic Operations Program to Increase Capacity and Safety) program.
17th Street North begins at Morris Avenue just north of the Railroad Reservation. It continues north past Kelly Ingram Park and below I-20/59. Alongside Oak Hill Cemetery, the street changes to 17th Street Viaduct and continues as 18th Street North. 17th Street picks up separately south of 13th Avenue North and continues past 16th Avenue North just shy of I-65.
17th Street resumes north of the interstate between 16th Terrace North and 19th Avenue North. North of Village Creek another short section begins at 22nd Avenue North and crosses Finley Boulevard. It is interrupted at 27th Avenue North for the Ensley Branch and Birmingham Mineral Railroad, but resumes at 28th Court North and continues to the foot of Sand Mountain at Zion Heights.
17th Street North forms the western edge of the Downtown Birmingham Retail and Theatre Historic District. The 300 block of 17th is included in the 4th Avenue Historic District. Formerly the No. 5 Ensley-Fairfield streetcar line, the No. 6 Pratt-Ensley streetcar line, the No. 7 Wylam-Bush Hills streetcar line, and the No. 27 Ensley No. 38 South East Lake streetcar line utilized parts of 17th Street.
- For an alphabetical list of locations, see the 17th Street North category.
- Railroad Reservation
- 1st Avenue North
- 2nd Avenue North
- 3rd Avenue North
- former location of the Birmingham Printing & Binding Company
- former location of the Hippodrome Theater
- West side:
- 300-310: parking lot
- 312-320: Nelson Building (built c. 1925)
- 312-314: Nelson Brothers' Cafe
- 316: former location of Kelley's Barber Shop (1937)
- 318: Boost Mobile, former location of Ashjoy Bakery (1937)
- 320: Fly V boutique, former location of Edwards Hotel (1920), Cotton Club (1936-1937)
- 322-330: Carver Theater/Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame
- East side
- 4th Avenue North
- 5th Avenue North
- 6th Avenue North
- 7th Avenue North
- 8th Avenue North
- 9th Avenue North
- 10th Avenue North
- 11th Avenue North
- 11th Court North
- 12th Avenue North
- Finley Boulevard