Birmingham area cities investing more in green spaces

Since 2000, the city of Homewood has invested $1.3 million developing trails and green spaces — most notably its popular three-mile Shades Creek Greenway Trail along Lakeshore Drive, which attracts walkers, joggers and bikers.

The trail and other projects designed to enhance the quality of life in the city won Homewood acclaim in 2011 as the state’s most walkable city by Walk Score. Walk Score ranks communities nationwide based on how many businesses, parks, theaters, schools and other common destinations are within walking distance of any given starting point.

From Birmingham’s 19-acre Railroad Park to Hoover’s Moss Rock Preserve to Clay’s Cosby Lake, many Birmingham-Hoover metro area cities are investing in greenways and parks as a way to market themselves. read the full article on the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham’s website.