A Letter to Birmingham

Dear Birmingham, 

First off, thank you for taking the time to read this letter. I know you have been pretty busy with all of your media attention lately. People are finally taking notice of your beauty and it is pretty awesome.

I have to be honest. You and I had a pretty rough start to our relationship. We met while I was in college and I ignored you for a long time. You were always there waiting for me to come visit, but I was too busy staying in my section of Homewood. I didn’t mean to ignore you, I just was too naive to see what you were offering. I noticed big things happening at the start of 2015 and I thought I would stick around for a little bit and witness it all. I’m glad I stayed because you have just continued to grow and amaze those around you.

Birmingham, you’re pretty great. No really, you are. Each one of your neighborhoods has it’s own unique aspect and vibe. From Avondale to Woodlawn, you’ve got it all. Your taste for local goodness has made you a source of coveted creations from kitchens across the city.

Music has made its mark. Your venues are frequently visited by big time artists or creating careers for new musicians. Art is in every pocket of the city. With old advertisements fading on brick to murals being the subject of countless photographs, you are connecting history to the new age. People are developing design and ideas in new ways, causing people to pay attention.

You nurture creativity and risks.Young entrepreneurs are flourishing with their big ideas thanks to you. Birmingham, you are the place for believers. You are freely offering inspiration everywhere. No cost necessary. You are open to all walks of life. You don’t exclude the penny pincher or the suited spender. You are home to everyone.

You also make Nashville a little jealous sometimes. You rival big cities like Atlanta. It’s pretty awesome.

So thanks for being your true self, Birmingham. Keep growing, but keep strong in your roots. Can’t wait to see what is in store for your future. I am glad I get to witness it all and hopefully be a small part of it.

Madison Whiteneck

Birmingham, AL 35213