Revitalizing Our Neighborhoods

Birmingham needs a Mayor for every neighborhood – not just Downtown.  While Downtown has thrived, the last few years for Birmingham’s other 98 neighborhoods have been characterized by blight, overgrown lots, abandoned properties, and crime.  Spot development projects and election-year neighborhood clean-up efforts are not a substitute for a comprehensive vision for meeting the needs of all of our neighborhoods. Birmingham needs a Mayor that is committed to neighborhood revitalization every year – not just when there’s an election. 

As Mayor, I will implement a six-part plan for revitalizing Birmingham’s other 98 neighborhoods:

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An Opportunity Agenda for Birmingham Residents and Businesses

Over $1 billion was invested in Birmingham’s regional economy in 2015, but the region’s prosperity has not trickled down to many of our neighborhoods and small businesses creating two Birminghams: a downtown that has attracted virtually all of the Mayor’s attention the past seven years and the rest of Birmingham looking for more leadership from the Mayor’s Office to create opportunities for our residents, our students and our small businesses.  City Hall has to play an active role in creating opportunities for all Birmingham residents and creating an environment where our small businesses can thrive.  As Mayor, I would execute a seven-point “Opportunity Agenda” that would fully leverage City Hall in support of Birmingham’s greatest resource: its people.

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Restoring Pride and Trust in City Hall

Birmingham deserves a City Hall that they can trust will always put them first.  The last few years have unfortunately been dominated by infighting between the City Council and the Mayor’s Office with long-standing concerns from citizens and the press regarding the openness of City Hall.  Opening City Hall up to everyone and repairing the broken relationships between the Mayor’s Office and the City Council and other local, regional and state stakeholders will be one of my top priorities as Mayor.    

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Solutions for a safer Birmingham

On the evening of May 26, 2012, my family packed the bleachers of Bill Harris Arena to celebrate my niece’s graduation. It was a special moment for us. We were overjoyed by my niece’s achievements and grateful for the possibilities life had in store for her. But no one was more proud of her than my brother, Ralph. As my …

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The Woodfin Crime & Public Safety Plan

Making Neighborhoods Safe and Secure No city can thrive when citizens do not feel safe in their homes, at work, or in too many of our communities. Under Mayor Bell, Birmingham has been designated one of America’s most dangerous cities. With 104 homicides, 2016 was one of the most violent years in Birmingham’s recent history — the first time that …

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Response to Mayor Bell’s State of the City Address

Mayoral candidate Randall Woodfin issued the following statement in response to Mayor William Bell’s State of the City address at the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham: As expected during election season, Mayor Bell tried to manage people’s perceptions rather than confront reality in his address. The reality is his policies aren’t working for all neighborhoods around Birmingham. If you look closer …

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Randall Woodfin: Why I’m Running for Mayor of Birmingham

By Randall Woodfin, a candidate for mayor of Birmingham, an attorney and a member of the Birmingham School Board The shock has finally sunk in. Just a few days from now, Donald J. Drumpf will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. I know many of you are still licking your wounds and recovering from November’s …

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Meet 2017 Birmingham Mayoral Candidate Randall Woodfin

Jim Cavale interviews Birmingham Mayoral Candidate Randall Woodfin.  Hear the Woodfin Plan in detail.

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Randall Woodfin Announces Mayoral Candidacy

by SYDNEY CROMWELL Photo by Sydney Cromwell. http://ironcity.ink/faces/randall-woodfin-announces-mayoral-candidacy822/ North Birmingham native Randall Woodfin, a member of the Birmingham City Schools Board of Education, says a challenge confronting the system is a significant decrease in its population of students. Randall Woodfin is no stranger to city hall. Through his current work as a city attorney and past involvement with the Mayor’s Office …

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Attorney Randall Woodfin to Declare Candidacy for Birmingham Mayor

Birmingham Times | August 22, 2016 | Times Staff Report   Randall Woodfin http://www.birminghamtimes.com/2016/08/attorney-randall-woodfin-to-declare-candidacy-for-birmingham-mayor/ Birmingham native and attorney Randall Woodfin today announced that he will declare his candidacy for mayor of the City of Birmingham on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the North Birmingham Recreation Center located at 3501 28th St. North. “The people of Birmingham deserve leadership …

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