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Birmingham City Councilors Moving Start of “On the Porch” to Central Park Community

PRESS RELEASE                                                                  Monday, September 26, 2016

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

BIRMINGHAM, AL In light of the tragic shooting that claimed the life of a child in the Central Park community, Birmingham City Councilors are now shifting the start of the “On the Porch” initiative to District 8. The new neighborhood-involved initiative was previously slated to start tonight in District 6, but after learning of the child’s passing Councilors responded to requests from citizens to take action on such a pressing issue. On the Porch is a community engagement initiative for Birmingham City Councilors to conduct neighborhood-walking tours to engage in dialogue with citizens on common neighborhood challenges such as public safety, enhancing education and building high quality neighborhoods.

“To lose a child to such senseless violence, has to make one wonder, what really is the problem,” President Pro-Tem Steven W. Hoyt asked. “My colleagues are looking to sit down and talk to residents to get to the root of the problem, so that we have a clear understanding of what solutions we can provide. It’s time for all of us to come together and return Birmingham to the city that Birmingham once used to be. We are calling for an end to crime and an increase in unity amongst all of our neighborhoods.”

“On the Porch” will begin at 5:30 tonight at the 3100 Block of Avenue Q. On Sunday, a 4-year old child was tragically killed in this exact location and now Councilors want to meet with area residents to collectively discuss what can be done to prevent future situations such as this from happening. 

About On the Porch

On the Porch is neighborhood initiative that will allow the Birmingham City Council to engage in one-on-one dialogue with citizens on what they would like to see changed within all 99 neighborhoods. Councilors will hit the ground with the elected officials and community leaders to meet one-on-one with residents in various Birmingham communities on their very own porches. The collaborative response, along with shared ideas for improvement from this new neighborhood initiative, will assist in ensuring those issues are followed up with resolutions that positively impact the community. Residents’ feedback will also be integrated into the overall decision-making process, for future community plans within Birmingham.

For media inquiries please contact the Birmingham City Council Public Information Director Brittany Sharp at 205.721.5369 or