“I don’t believe it! I’m a chain!” – Steel Magnolias
For too long, our society has associated dogs with expansive suburban living, but recent developments show Birmingham abandoning that idea. Earlier this year we brought you our tips for dog-friendly living downtown, and now Dog Days of Birmingham is expanding to include urban dog owners beyond the Loft District.
Cahaba Brewing’s original space will soon house both Dog Days day care facilities and a live-in loft unit, reported the Birmingham Business Journal. At 8,000 square feet, the space is roughly double the footprint of Dog Days’s existing facility, the journal noted, and the new location will also offer curbside service.
It was only a matter of time before more full-scale dog care appeared, given that the new Clairmont Avenue apartment development will have dedicated dog washing space. And with the Iron City Lofts project sacrificing total units to preserve high-end amenities, it’s clear developers believe new waves of Birmingham residents expect easy access to daily conveniences.
We’re especially cheered by the dog-friendly amenities because we see a deeper meaning in them. Catering to an area’s canine residents means that urban living isn’t just for newly graduated millennials sowing their oats before settling down in the suburbs. Instead, new multi-family areas will house a range of residents at different life stages, bound together by their shared loves of walkable convenience and, perhaps, furry friends.
Dog Days owner Jimmy Johnson told the BBJ that his move to expand was a direct response to new building projects. And given Dog Day’s historic prescience — they opened their existing location in 2010, when the Loft District was showing renewed growth but was hardly feeling the current boom — we’re guessing the good money is on Lakeview for expanded loft living.