The blocks immediately around Innovation Depot began life as a switchyard for the city’s railroad industry. As recently as 1980, there were tracks and switches running north along 14th Street North. When you look at the city in plan, you can still see where some of the old tracks shaped the way in which buildings were constructed. In fact, the long east/west on the front of Innovation Depot follow an old rail bed.
In the context of today, however, “Switch” takes on a different meaning. Switches may still redirect trains, but they also route, direct and transmit information. And, on a more global level, we are “switching” Birmingham and making it viable and vibrant for the future.