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On the Cover For years, the railroad cut along First Avenue

South was just that, a relic from the busy days of rail traffi c through the city. Now, thanks to the Rotary Club of Birmingham, that stretch of downtown has been transformed into a handsome Rotary Trail for pedestrians and bikers. The four-block stretch of rail bed is a communal path that parts ways with Railroad Park to become its own linear trail. It includes attractive landscaping, a small amphitheater and charging stations for laptops and phones.

The most talked about and photographed portion of the trail is the entrance sign. It is a re-creation of an iconic Birmingham: The Magic City sign that once fronted terminal station. Birmingham was nicknamed The Magic City in its early years when folks said the young city sprang up just like magic. Photography by Brent Boyd

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