2012 State of the City address

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William Bell

Birmingham Mayor William Bell's 2012 State of the City address was delivered to the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham on Tuesday January 17, 2012, at the end of his 2nd year in office.

Bell made reference to the April 2011 tornado outbreak in saying that the city has survived many storms.

He touted a number of capital projects currently under way in the downtown area, such as the Westin Birmingham and adjoining entertainment district and a downtown baseball park for the Birmingham Barons. He characterized these projects as the type of thing promised during previous administrations, but only delivered after he took office.

Bell talked about plans for a year-long observance surrounding the 50th anniversaries of the Birmingham Campaign and the 1963 church bombing at 16th Street Baptist Church.

He also spoke on behalf of current efforts to prepare a Birmingham Comprehensive Plan which would help guide reinvestment in the city's neighborhoods over the coming decade.

With specific respect to the April tornadoes, Bell boasted of the city's successful and environmentally-sound clean-up operations in Pratt City.


  • Bryant, Joseph D. (January 17, 2012) "Birmingham Mayor William Bell gives positive outlook for city in state of the city address." Birmingham News
  • "Birmingham Mayor William Bell lists major accomplishments, but this isn't a complete picture of the state of the city." editorial (January 19, 2012) Birmingham News