The Old Mill in Mountain Brook (source: Wikipedia)
Mountain Brook was originally developed in 1929 by local developer Robert Jemison as an extensive residential subdivision, and was incorporated on May 24, 1942. The plans, by Boston-based landscape architect Warren H. Manning, called for estate-sized lots along winding scenic roads and denser commercial development centering on three "villages" known as English Village, Mountain Brook Village and Crestline Village.
Most of the development of Mountain Brook preserved the existing trees. 92% of the city is under tree cover, one of the highest ratios in the nation.
Mountain Brook has a city council/mayor/city manager system of government. The city council consists of 5 members elected at large, and the council considers most issues and appoints the police chief, the fire chief, and the city manager (with the mayor). The Mayor elected in 2013 and is the current Mayor, Terry Oden has been Mayor over five years. Administrative business is handled by the city manager who is appointed by the mayor and city council. As of January 2008 the city manager is Sam Gaston. The Tree Commission and the Planning Commission consider specific issues and usually refer them to the city council.