7th Avenue North

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7th Avenue North is a downtown street in Birmingham's northside.

The westernmost sections between Eufaula Avenue and 15th Street West and between 12th and 11th Street West near Birmingham-Southern College are known as 7th Avenue West. 7th Avenue North proper begins at 6th Street, but dies into the I-65 right of way after just two blocks.

The main stretch of 7th Avenue downtown picks up at 11th Street, just east of I-65, and runs straight into Birmingham City Hall at 19th Street. It picks up again on the other side of Linn Park, past Phillips High School and under the Elton B. Stephens Expressway, before ending at a railroad serving Sloss Furnaces just past 31st Street.

A one-block long section of 7th Avenue connects 41st Street to 42nd Place North at Whatley Elementary School. Another short section crosses from 43rd Street to Messer Airport Highway at 46th Street in Kingston. The easternmost segment runs through a residential area from southwest of 79th Street North to 83rd Street North, about four blocks northwest of East Lake. A single-engine plane crashed in that area on January 5, 2011, killing the pilot.

Electric lights were installed on 7th Avenue North from 19th to 21st Street in 1945 under the city's contract with the Birmingham Electric Company.

Notable locations

Smithfield

Fountain Heights

Central City

Kingston

North East Lake