HomeOwners for a Progressive Edgewood
HomeOwners for a Progressive Edgewood (HOPE) is a nonprofit organization attempting to give Edgewood residents the ability to have a significant, organized voice in any redevelopment of the neighborhood, particularly the Edgewood Urban Renewal District at Oxmoor Road and Broadway Street. The group's president is Todd Jackson.
HOPE was organized in response to residents' concerns about the Iron Group's Restoration Edgewood plan after Frank Keasler, Jr of the Iron Group presented it at a November 30, 2006 meeting at Samford University. The group held its first meeting on January 18, 2007 at the former Village Furniture location in Edgewood with 60 to 80 people attending. The group incorporated, selected a 10-member board of directors, and appointed the heads of five committees: aesthetics, infrastructure, construction, developer & city relations, and communications.
The group says that although it is in communication with Frank Keasler, Jr, it is opposed to the Restoration Edgewood plan in its current incarnation. The group does not totally oppose development in the area, however, and is working to decide exactly what level of development they feel would best serve the neighborhood.
- Bryan, Kim. (January 23, 2007). "City's character vs. development generates debate." The Birmingham News.
- Jordan, Phillip. (February 1, 2007). "Restoration or desecration?" Birmingham Weekly.