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Five Points South becomes Entertainment District

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PAEPCKE JOINS US LIVE HOW MANY BUSINESSES ARE INVOLVED? JON: IT IS GOING TO STRETCH FROM WOOLWORTH’S DOWN TO OCEANS HERE ON 20TH STREET SOUTH

IT WILL INCLUDE MORE THAN TWO DOZEN BUSINESSES ALONG THE WAY CUSTOMERS WILL BE ABLE TO CARRY AN UNFINISHED ALCOHOLIC DRINK FROM BAR TO BAR BOOSTING THE NUMBER OF WALK-IN CUSTOMERS FOR SHOPS ALONG THE WAY >> WE SPECIALIZE — THIS IS JAPANESE SALVAGE JON: ACE GRAHAM MOVED HIS ALCHEMY APPAREL AND FOOTWEAR INTO THE HEART OF BIRMINGHAM’S FIVE POINTS SOUTH LAST YEAR

>> WE FELT FIVE POINTS WAS THE MOST DIVERSE PLACE IN BIRMINGHAM SO WE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE HERE JON: THAT FOOT TRAFFIC IS ABOUT TO STEP UP A NOTCH TODAY CITY COUNCIL DESIGNATED THE AREA AS ONE OF BIRMINGHAM’S THREE ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICTS >> I JUST THINK IT ENCOURAGES MORE BUSINESSES TO STAY OPEN LATER, AND GIVE PEOPLE WHO ARE IN THE AREA SOMETHING TO DO

JON: JOHN BOONE ADDRESSED CITY COUNCIL BEFORE THE VOTE AND FEELS THIS COULD GIVE THE AREA’S NIGHTLIFE A SHOT IN THE ARM >> IT IS GOING TO ENCOURAGE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO DON’T COME TO FIVE POINTS TO COME BACK AND CHECK IT OUT, BECAUSE A LOT HAS CHANGED OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS JON: AS AN ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT, CUSTOMER CAN FREELY WALK FROM BARS TO SHOPS WITH UNFINISHED ALCOHOLIC DRINKS MAYOR RANDALL WOODFIN BELIEVES THE BOOST TO BUSINESS’ BOTTOM LINES MAKES THE MOVE A NO-BRAINER

>> I THINK WHEN OUR RESIDENTS OR VISITORS KNOW THAT OPPORTUNITY EXISTS, LIKE IT DOES IN MANY OTHER CITIES, I THINK IT DEFINITELY DRIVES UP THE ECONOMY IN THAT AREA JON: BY BRINGING IN MORE CUSTOMERS TO CHECK OUT GRAHAM’S DENIM FASHION AND DESIGNER SHOES >> IT JUST ENCOURAGES PEOPLE AND LETS THEM KNOW THAT IT’S OK, THAT IT’S A SAFE PLACE TO BE AND WE ARE GOING TO BENEFIT FROM ALL OF THE MIXED DIVERSITY THAT COMES INTO THE AREA FROM THAT JON: FIVE POINTS JOINS PEPPER PLACE AND UPTOWN AS BIRMINGHAM’S THREE ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICTS ACCORDING TO THE ORDINANCE THE CITY COUNCIL PASSED THIS MORNING, THE ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT GOES INTO EFFECT MARCH 1 NEXT YEAR

THE FIVE POINTS ALIGNS FOLKS TOLD US — ALLIANCE

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