FOR MORE THAN A CENTURY, Five Points South has been a multicultural haven for Birmingham’s free-spirited creatives. Founded in the 1890s as the suburb town Highland, it enjoyed streetcar access to downtown. Originally populated with stately Queen Anne houses, the architecture evolved to include many of the Art Deco, Spanish and Craftsman style homes and structures found there today.
In 1980, dedicated community and civic leaders saw the historic and economic value in the then diminishing Southside neighborhood. Leaders created a plan to revive Birmingham’s many neglected districts. Shops, restaurants and entertainment venues as well as the historically significant architecture continue to be a draw for this community. The 1980 plan was a springboard for future plans which continue to help our city flourish.