In an Oct. 3, 2012 photo Downtown buildings provide a backdrop along the walkway at Railroad Park in Birmingham, Ala. Long haunted by black-and-white newsreel footage of the fire hoses and police dogs... more 
In an Oct. 3, 2012 photo Downtown buildings provide a backdrop along the walkway at Railroad Park in Birmingham, Ala. Long haunted by black-and-white newsreel footage of the fire hoses and police dogs city leaders turned on blacks demonstrating for civil rights, the city has a new vibe that's generating buzz all its own 50 years later. The city's minor league baseball team relocated this season from the suburbs and is drawing big crowds to a new downtown stadium that opens to Birmingham's skyline. It's across the street from an urban park built on what was an unsightly lot strewn with weeds and gravel along railroad lines. (AP Photo/AL.com, Mark Almond) MAGS OUT less 
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Associated Press | Photo By AL.com, Mark Almond
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