For the inaugural issue of Weld, we asked dozens of people from throughout the community — young and not-so-young; male and female; black, white, Hispanic and Asian; Christian, Muslim, Jewish and agnostic; students, professionals, artists and more — to each give us one idea for making Birmingham better. This is one of those ideas. You can read more here.
Gail Andrews • Director of the Birmingham Museum of Art
What does Birmingham need?
At the risk of sounding like Pollyanna and ignoring needs many of us agree would improve our quality of life , I think Birmingham needs to appreciate what it is. At a time when research is telling us that a sense of place is becoming more important than a career choice it’s time for each of us to really embrace what is good here and what we love. We may be fractured and hampered at times by the number of municipalities, but we are also a place of great neighborhoods with individual characteristics and eccentricities that make them distinct and make us feel more alive and connected to that place and ultimately to each other. We are so rich in the cultural fabric which is our community – the music, food, art, historic architecture that all help define our uniqueness. That is to be celebrated.
Read more Big Ideas to Make Birmingham Better here.