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    The home of the great Bessemer blast furnaces, Bessemer fell on hard times when the influence of the steel industry waned. Bessemer has since made a comeback, largely due to the presence of the family theme park Alabama Adventure. Old Bessemer has its attractions too. People have been coming here since 1907 from all points in Birmingham to have dinner at the Bright Star restaurant.

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    Civil Rights District

    This area features the Civil Rights Institute and Museum, Kelly Ingram Park and Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. Also nearby in the district is the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame and historic Carver Theater for the Performing Arts. Honoring Birmingham native and Temptations lead singer Eddie Kendrick, is the Eddie Kendrick Memorial Park, just down the block. The area is east of the downtown business district.

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    Much of the early 20th-century architecture remains from Birmingham's heyday. One of the most impressive is the Alabama Theatre, which was refurbished to its original opulence in 1998 and is now home to concerts, Broadway shows, and the annual fall Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival. Nearby attractions within walking distance include the Carver Theatre (home of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame) and the McWane...  Read more »

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    Five Points South

    Birmingham's trendy neighborhood to the south is home to University of Alabama-Birmingham and loads of great restaurants, shopping and entertainment.

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    Forest Park

    Just east of Highland Park Golf Course, the neighborhood of Forest Park stretches along Clairmont Avenue and hosts a small enclave of shops and restaurants like the Silvertron Cafe. Just west of the Highland Park Golf Course on 29th Street South is the Lakeview Historic District, where you'll find several fine restaurants like Sol Y Luna, as well as a number of informal establishments like O.T.'s Neighborhood Sports Grill.

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    Great shopping and restaurants are located here just south of downtown and Mountain Brook and just off Highway 280. Walk along 18th Street and enjoy antiques, galleries, coffee shops and some of the finest apparel around.

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    Another of Birmingham's outlying "bedroom" communities is Hoover. Though largely residential, Hoover is also notable for the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium (aka "The Hoover Met", the new home of the Birmingham Barons baseball team) and for Birmingham's most popular shopping mall, Riverchase Galleria.

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    Lakeview District

    Wedged between downtown and Five Points South, this historic district is home to many great restaurants and nightspots, especially along 29th Street South and Seventh Avenue South.

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    Mountain Brook

    A unique, upscale area where the finest antiques, restaurants and galleries are located. The area features three villages: English Village, Mountain Brook Village and Crestline. All are located along Cahaba Road near the Botanical Gardens and Zoo.

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    As you head south from downtown, the first significant change begins at about Sixth Avenue South, which is where the campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) begins. UAB has one of the most impressive and famous medical centers in the country and regularly attracts some of the world's most renowned surgeons, educators and researchers (as well as many famous patients). Locally, though, the...  Read more »