Historical Jemison Magazine gets republished with booster spirit | al.com: BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Downtown Birmingham apartment buildings. Urban hotels. Carefully planned subdivisions. A park within a two-minute walk of every residence. Winding streets designed to slow traffic. Flood plains left undeveloped.
The concepts described in the Jemison Magazine seem straight out of contemporary New Urbanism. But the magazines, which herald the rise of city landmarks and familiar neighborhoods, were published in the early decades of the 20th century, when Birmingham was booming and on the cutting edge of urban design.