When settlers arrived in the early 1800s, what is now Birmingham was beautiful wilderness they hoped to farm and develop into an industrial center like the city's namesake, Birmingham, England. The town did prosper with shops and businesses that meet the needs of homesteaders, becoming an incorporated village in 1864. But eventually the farms gave way to summer homes in the country for Detroit businessmen, and Birmingham became a bedroom community, not the manufacturing mecca its founders had imagined.
Named one of the country's "Top 20 Most Walkable Communities," Birmingham covers 4.73 square miles. A close but welcoming community, city maintains its small-town feel while offering the recreational and cultural advantages of a prosperous urban area just 30 minutes north of downtown Detroit. Birmingham's thriving pedestrian-friendly downtown includes restaurants, movie theaters, art and antique galleries and retailers, and also is a center for real estate, accounting, finance, insurance, legal, and other services. The Birmingham Principal Shopping District, established in 1993, provides leadership in marketing, advertising and promotion of the downtown.
To visit Birminghams official city pages go to www.ci.birmingham.mi.us
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