I like “The Magic City” for historical purposes, and I know that is what we call ourselves, but that name is not going to get us anywhere outside of Birmingham.
Those of us who live here know we’re ‘The Magic City.’ Outside of Alabama—not so much.
In fact, if you Google ‘Magic City,’ your first option will be an Atlanta adult entertainment night club.
And if you Google cities nicknamed, ‘The Magic City’–Miami pretty much owns that title.
Amazingly there are 14 other cities besides Birmingham nicknamed, ‘The Magic City.’
- Barberton, Ohio
- Billings, Montana
- Bogalusa, Louisiana
- Cheyenne, Wyoming
- Florence, South Carolina
- Gary, Indiana
- Leadville, Colorado
- Miami, Florida
- Middlesboro, Kentucky
- Millinocket, Maine
- Minot, North Dakota
- Moberly, Missouri
- Roanoke, Virginia
- South Omaha, Nebraska
We should have a name we can dominate–that is unique to Birmingham.
For instance, I bet you know the city associated with each of these nicknames*:
- The big apple
- The windy city
- The big easy
- The City of Brotherly love
- Motor City
- Music City
How about a name for Birmingham many of us are already using…
The ham fits the new, vibrant city we are becoming.
I could find no other city nicknamed The Ham–so Birmingham could be the one and only. We could own The Ham.
According to Culturemap in Austin, Texas, Birmingham could be the next hipster city.
Birmingham is working towards ‘hip’–The Ham is hip.
We could be both the ‘magic city’ and The Ham, but let’s put The Ham front and center.
If you like the idea, comment below. I propose The Ham. What do you think?
*New York, Chicago, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Detroit, Nashville, Austin
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David Sher is the publisher of ComebackTown, a co-founder of Buzz12, a division of Intermark Group, and co-CEO of AmSher Compassionate Collections. He’s past Chairman of the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce (BBA), Operation New Birmingham (REV Birmingham), and the City Action Partnership (CAP).