11. Modern City Murals: The murals and graffiti on the alley behind Redemptive Cycles and Faith Skate Supply (2nd Avenue N and 13th St.) is unusual, artsy, and fun. Besides this multiple-eyed woman and Vulcan, You can also find some graffiti tags and a Super Mario Brothers throwback.
12. Closer City/UAB View: The brand new VA Parking Deck on 7th Ave. S and 23rd St. has a wonderful upper deck. It is not locked nor does it take money to get in and out.
13. Flowers: There’s a lovely small garden in Crestline Village across the street from Emmet O’Neal Library. It’s not giant and is seasonal, but for a quick pic of multi-colored flowers and a sunflower or two thrown in, it’s fantastic.
Details: This really is SMALL – not enough to justify an entire photo shoot. But it is florally bursting enough to mention.
14. Old Birmingham Charm: Avondale Park oozes of history. From the front gate to the rock amphitheater, you’re sure to find somewhere great to take a photo.
15. Urban Historics: The Theatre District. On 3rd Avenue N between 18th and 19th, you’ll find The Lyric Theatre, The Alabama Theatre, and the earlier referenced Blank Space Mural Projects. There are plenty of great facades and angles.
16-21. Fading Urban: There are so many marvelous murals, buildings, and alleys in downtown. It pays to take a trip just to drive up and down as many streets as you can and see what you can find.
Here are some examples, but by no means an exhaustive list:
The alley behind 1st Ave N and 24th St.:
1st Ave. S and 24th St. S at the end of Rotary Trail:
Half a block further east (the doorway to First Avenue Rocks):
1st Ave. S. and 23rd St. S across from Rotary Trail:
Across the street from Sloss Furnaces:
The wall at John’s City Diner at 112 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N (it’s not fading – it’s actually relatively new and just gorgeous):