Birmingham neighbors sign courtesy agreement

By Melanie Posey

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - More and more people are moving to downtown Birmingham, attracted by new developments and a shorter commute. More businesses are opening downtown as well.

So on Thursday, the Central City Neighborhood Association brought residents and businesses together to help build stronger bonds.  They signed the city's initial "Good Neighbor Agreement". In doing so, neighbors say they will be more respectful and watchful of each other.  

Officials say it is in effort to overcome conflicts that may arise.  "What are the noise ordinances, closing and opening times, what do you expect from your neighbors?" Patty Pilkerton explains.  She's the head of the Central City Neighborhood Association.

"Probably the biggest issues or challenge is lack of communication and what the two sides expect of each other."  Dr. Paul Amamoo and his wife moved into a downtown loft five years ago.  He applauds the efforts.  

"It's wonderful because we need mutual respect for the area.  We want to live with the businesses to revitalize downtown," Amamoo says.

District 5 City Councilor Johnathan Austin says his office will be sending out a similar agreement to all 99 neighborhood associations throughout the city in hopes of fostering better communication.

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