BEIL: We know you haven’t announced the winner yet, but have you seen any positive impact on the community from the contest already?
EB: We have heard from other local business owners that they are watching the process to see if it works in case they might want to try it in their own communities. Also, we are getting more calls from real estate brokers about opportunities in the neighborhood. Birmingham is sometimes slow to jump on trends, but we’ve met our goal for participation in Occupy Avondale with our 48 applications and we are excited to see how the installation of the winning business benefits the neighborhood.
BEIL: What can our readers learn from the Occupy Avondale movement?
EB: It’s incredibly exciting to see local products and local businesses come together in one place in a productive way. If more people were creative about how to accomplish business growth or generate foot traffic in local retail areas, a lot more could get done to grow communities even in this economy. We hope that we can replicate this process in other places once the Occupy Avondale process is complete.
BEIL can’t wait to find out who will “Occupy Avondale!” Keep an eye out for updates on this story coming in the wake of the announcement about the winner.
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