A call has been sent out to all artists, musicians, poets, prose, and liberal thinkers to “…relocate and create our own Art’s District here in the shadows of Birmingham.” The Keep East Lake Weird and East Lake Arts District movements have Yahoo Groups that have been in existence for at least the last year. Organizers are attempting to leverage the development of an artists community among the area’s 1920s era bungalows with the potential revitalization of the community’s downtown area – the blocks near 1st Avenue North and Oporto-Madrid Blvd.
I've lived in East Lake for 3 years... I've seen more artists, musicians and more diverse families moving into this section of town. It seems that the high price of homes in Southside, Forestdale, Avondale, Crestwood North and South has shed new light on East Lake, Wahouma and Woodlawn. East Birmingham as a whole is becoming more diverse and very GLBT friendly. The homes are priced extremely low here in East Lake and anyone who is renting could afford to buy East Lake. It would be nice to see the downtown East Lake area change to meet the needs of this community. There are several bands already here in our section of East Lake. I'm a sculptor and painter and plan on taking some glass blowing classes. I purchased a little English Tudor three years ago for just about 67K and love the hard wood floors, plaster archways, stone fireplace and all the details you get with these 1920's homes. I looked at similar homes in Crestwood North but they were going for over 200k so I found a home I loved in East Lake and I've enjoyed living here. If you want to be part of this movement then think about moving to the eastern communities here in Birmingham. Before you know it these house prices will begin to shoot up so get here before they do.