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U.S. Census: Birmingham population down by 30,000, but downtown and UAB areas see gains | al.com

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U.S. Census: Birmingham population down by 30,000, but downtown and UAB areas see gains | al.com:
This piece, turned around quickly after the release of Census data, bores deep down to capture a trend that is not readily apparent in the over all data.

Buried in the gloomy news the 2010 U.S. Census delivered for the city of Birmingham was at least a glimmer of hope: Two census tracts comprising downtown and UAB gained population over the past decade, a trend that can be capitalized on going forward if the city makes a concerted effort.

"There needs to be a plan," said Jeremy Erdreich, an architect involved in downtown redevelopment.