Birmingham, Oakland County, is a northern suburb city of Detroit, Michigan. It is located along the Woodward Corridor, a stretch of neighborhoods that run alongside the M-1 Highway, also known as Detroit’s Main Street. The area that makes up todays’ Birmingham was once part of land ceded by Native American tribes to the United States government as part of the 1807 Treaty of Detroit. The area was settled roughly a dozen years later, although it didn’t incorporate a village until 1864 and a city until 1932.
In the middle of the 20th century, Birmingham and the surrounding portion of Detroit experienced a downturn in economic activity, and local leaders realized that dire changes had to be made. After committing to creating and maintaining a new identity as The Walkable Community,” the city has grown steadily in the last few decades. Since changing direction, the development of over thirty mixed-use areas across three million-plus square feet of commercial property has revitalized the district, maintaining steady growth while many other nearby areas continued to dwindle. Much of the city’s architecture has been upgraded since switching from a single-story only code to one that allows for multistory buildings, with storefronts lining the now pedestrian-friendly constructions. Since the plan went into effect, many of the city’s existing parking structures have seen much more traffic as more people flock to the area, especially at night.
For a dive into history, including virtual exhibits, try the Birmingham Museum. Stop by the John West Hunter House, the oldest house in Oakland County at 200 years. Locals love to spend a few hours in Birmingham catching a movie at the Emagine Palladium Theatre. This date-night mecca is the perfect place to go when you want your movie-watching experience to be nothing short of luxurious. The seating in this cinema has extra cushions, “cuddle seats” for two people to share, extra-large screens, and there is even a private screening room, which is made to feel like the theater experience is at home in your living room. There is gourmet popcorn, enhanced concessions, and an extensive bar to enjoy a cocktail while taking in the feature presentation.
The Lincoln Hills and Springdale Golf Courses are two local nine-hole courses that offer guests fun, challenging rounds of golf that are perfect for getting in a few holes without losing the entire afternoon. The rolling greens and lush fairways are well-maintained, and each hole has three different tees, catering to players at different skill levels. The nearby Cranbrook Art Museum is considered one of the best in Detroit, and maintains thousands of works of art, artifacts, crafts, and architecture. This educational attraction is a part of Cranbrook Educational Community, one of the world’s leading centers for education, science, and art.
Like most cities in the country, Birmingham is filled with people who are proud of their homes and want to keep their property looking tip-top. If you live in Birmingham, Michigan, or the surrounding area, and you’ve got outdoor property space that you want to renovate, maintain, or add to, contact us at Kenney Landscaping, and we can create the outdoor living space of your dreams.