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You are beautiful

A reminder of a lost nighttime fabric

By now we’ve all heard of the You Are Beautiful graffiti campaign in Birmingham, inspired by the Chicago-based art outfit You Are Beautiful. The Downtown Bromberg’s store (ironically no longer used as a retail outlet) is one of the few downtown retailers still actively doing thoughtful, catchy window displays; the above nighttime view shows how the graffiti campaign has caught on in a sort of meta-advertising theme.

A stroll at night through downtown even 40 years ago meant lit storefront after storefront, advertising wares in a visually appealing and constantly changing way: window-shopping. This unsung but crucial aspect of urban life–part of the common “fabric” of a street vs. the more iconic “object” buildings–is the subject of a great essay (in Black & White) by one of the authors of The Heaviest Corner, an excellent local blog on urbanism.  It’s worth a read.

Second Avenue Snow

Since I live next door to the office–with no excuse to leave early for a “snow day”, I thought I’d at least record the scene outside. A normally active sidewalk is fairly deserted.

I would also encourage everyone to check out another new blog about Birmingham’s built environment, inter-woven with historical context:  http://www.heaviestcorner.org/

And finally for today’s short, snowy post, the view from my living room out to the small urban garden: