Five Points South is one of Birmingham’s first streetcar suburbs. The area was settled and incorporated as the Town of Highland on May 14th, 1887. The Elyton Land Company established a streetcar line that connected “Highland” with downtown. This company advertised the suburb as a cooler, cleaner and healthier site for living than downtown which was lower in elevation and closer to the pig iron furnaces (like Sloss Furnaces) and other mills then operating in the valley. In 1893 Highland became part of the City of Birmingham. At the Five Points South Circle where streetcar lines from downtown intersected those from Highland Avenue and other Southside residential areas, a neighborhood shopping district, with grocery, drug, repair and service shops grew.
Five Points is rich with landmark houses, churches, apartment and commercial buildings, among the city’s finest and most distinguished architectural and historical resources. Today there has been ongoing changes and developments in Five Points and a return to its position as a popular living, shopping and recreational district, particularly influenced by the advent of superb restaurants. It is fortunate to have a number of great fine dining establishments such as Highlands Bar and Grill, Hot and Hot Fish Club, Bottega and Ocean. One of the area’s most famous residents was Hugh Martin, Jr., composer of Meet Me in St. Louis and Have Yourself A Merry Christmas. Come explore and discover Five Points, past and present. Information from “The Journal: “A Town Within a City” and Historic Five Points South Walking Tour.
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