Birmingham Should Look to Chattanooga to See How to Revitalize Downtown Area

Collier Swecker video blogs about how Birmingham leaders should take a strong look at Chattanooga Tennessee and how over the last 20 to 25 years Chattanooga it has gone from economic turmoil to one of the South’s destination cities for the entire family. Chattanooga built a downtown area that focused on attractions, such as the Tennessee Aquarium, that appealed to all age groups and what sprung up were other activities / businesses that appealed to the same groups. I am not saying that there aren’t adult only activities, such as Bars and Music Venues, but rather they came and thrive as a result of the family friendly activities. All we hear from our politicians and city officials is talk about the new Birmingham Barons ballpark, but think about the fact Chattanooga didn’t reward their team a new ballpark until 2000 and after most of the infrastructure and activities to support the new ballpark were already in place. Birmingham has one of the finest Science Centers in the entire country with the McWane Center, and I think it is a great start and role model for other projects that would want to be started in downtown Birmingham.  If you have any questions or comments about the revitalization of downtown Birmingham, email me at or visit my website at

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About Collier Swecker

Collier Swecker is a licensed real estate broker, attorney, blogger, speaker and entrepreneur. He is the founding partner of the Mega Agent Real Estate Team at RE/MAX Advantage which ranks as one of the top selling real estate teams in Alabama. Collier also acts as a business and marketing consultant for small business start-ups.

Collier graduated from Auburn University (B.A., 1998), Cumberland School of Law (Juris Doctor, 2002) and Washington University School of Law in St. Louis (Masters of Law in Taxation, 2003). Collier was the principal partner of the law firm Swecker and Sparks LLC for 3 years before leaving the law practice for real estate development and sales.

Collier is a native of Yorktown, Virginia and currently resides in Birmingham, Alabama with his wife, Amanda Capps Swecker. Collier & Amanda are the proud parents to a beautiful daughter, Julia Abigayle. They have one dog named Kramer.

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