I Believe in Birmingham
I Believe in Birmingham (IBIB) is an activist group operating through Facebook. It was founded in June 2010 amidst efforts to oppose the demolition of Birmingham Fire Station No. 10 to make way for a Walgreen's Drugs store. Since then the group, headed by Joseph Baker III, has involved itself in several public improvement campaigns and is also active in discussing issues pertaining to urban development. The group organized public debates for candidates in the 2017 Birmingham municipal election.
Currently IBIB has more than 28,000 members on Facebook.
- Opposed demolition of Birmingham Fire Station No. 10, 2010
- Opposed permitting a drive-through window for Chick Fil-A at Five Points South, 2011
- Supported Norwood residents in calls to redevelop Carraway Hospital
- Coordinated replacement of concrete eagles on Rainbow Viaduct, 2012
- Opposed replacing I-20/59 elevated bridge decks in downtown Birmingham
- Opposed demolition of Birmingham Southern Railroad freight depot, 2014
- Monroe, Dan (June 15, 2010) "The Social Network: A Birmingham Success Story" Cayenne Creative Blog
- Natta, André (June 21, 2010) "Imagine what happens if Birmingham comes together?" The Terminal
- Bowser, Edward T. (February 27, 2013) "Agents of Change: Joseph Casper Baker III of I Believe In Birmingham is quietly building community conversations." The Birmingham News
- I Believe in Birmingham Facebook group