Birmingham city center

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The Birmingham city center is an area including downtown Birmingham and much of Southside within the scope of the former Operation New Birmingham and the 2003 City Center Master Plan document. The area roughly corresponds with the original 1,113-acre Elyton Land Company parcel on which William Barker laid out the first Birmingham city center street grid.

As it is currently understood, the city center is bounded by I-59/20 to the north, by Red Mountain to the south, by I-65 to the west, and by Red Mountain Expressway to the east. North of I-59/20, the district extends to 13th Avenue North to include the BJCC and surrounding development. On the east a section extends beyond the Expressway as far as 32nd Street South to take in Sloss Furnaces and the development around the Rotary Trail. The uneven southern edge of the city center corresponds roughly with the UAB campus and Five Points South.

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