The city plan for the area was established in 1964 and Ålidhem was built between 1966-1973 as part of the so-called “million program”. The majority of the buildings are of red brick and has three – four floors.
The close connection to the University and the students are well noticed by the given names of the streets in the area; Pedagogränd (Pedagogic Alley), Kemigränd (Chemical Alley), Kandidatvägen (Candidate Way) and so on.
Since 2010 Ålidhem has been going through rearmament within the project Hållbara Ålidhem (Sustainable Ålidhem) and through a better planning of parks and green areas, roads, walkways and cycle routes. Ålidhem now belongs to one of the neighborhoods that meet SCAFT-standards.
In 1977 riots took place in Ålidhem when the battle of the grove took place. The irritation about the decision to cut down a forest, located just next Ålidhem center, and build a school on its location had been smoldering for some years. Despite petitions and demonstrations the final decision was made by the city council in March, 1977.
After the forest workers who were there to take the forest down became frightened away by snowball-throwing school students, a resistance was quickly established and the grove was basically occupied and watch-lists were organized, between 3000 – 4000 volunteers attended. The police had made an attempt to remove the occupants on the 30th of March, but chose to cancel when the number of demonstrators was far too many. Instead, the police enlist the help of the SÄPO (Swedish Security Police) and the 13th of April a police force of 250 men cordoned off the area with barricades. After three days of conflict between demonstrators and police the area was encircled by high barbed-wire fences.
That which were built is now the old Ålidhem School and it is currently going through some renovation since it is to be used as a preschool and elementary school, along with a family center and premises for associations.
The sports hall, Culture Center Klossen and the artificial pitch is used extensively in various activities.
The Fysikgränds- & Pedagogränd festivals are two of the unofficial festivals coinciding with Brännbolls Cup (fr. 1974 -). Unfortunately, the parties received much attention because of the brawl, destruction and large police presence. During later years, however, the parties settled down in both scope and size.
Brännbollsyran was first held in 1979 as a response to these festivals.
The fire on Geografigränd
Christmas Eve 2008 a total of 71 apartments got destroyed in a large fire and over 200 tenants became homeless.
It all began on Christmas Eve when a pan caught fire in one of the apartments on Geografigränd. The rescue services were quickly on the scene and they put the fire out in a few seconds, unfortunately the insulation around the ventilation had loosen on the attic which made the heat spread to the dry sawdust insulation which ignited, something that was impossible for rescue services to know about. The attic was missing firewalls so the fire quickly spread between the three bodies of the buildings.
00:30 the alarm came to the emergency services from the neighbors opposite the building which saw flames coming from the rooftop. Glowing sawdust fell down in the air gap between the inner and outer walls and the fire spread through the interior walls of the apartments. The fire is considered the most comprehensive in Umeå since the city fire of 1888.
Geografigränd is now the flagship of the Hållbara Ålidhem (Sustainable Ålidhem), 137 apartments in low-energy houses with focus on energy, climate and attractive living environment. The most prominent part of Geografigränds profile is the winter garden, which includes a fully equipped kitchen, coffee machine, projectors, tablecloths and place for about 50 seated guests. All power, during the lighter period, is generated via solar panels.
In 2006 the decision was taken to build new Ålidhem School and Ålidhem cultural and resource center on the ground of the old Kolbäck School. In addition to preschool and elementary school, you will also find a school and public library, recreation center and Cafe Torget.
At the library, you can borrow books, magazines, audio books, music, DVDs, computer games, movies and video games. They also have regular exhibitions of arts, crafts, photography, collections and more.
Class 7-9 have the opportunity to engage in football during school time, this in collaboration with Guif.
In 2009, Ålidhem residents had the opportunity to vote on what would happen with the old youth center in the relocation of Ålidhem School. The proposal that won was to get a cultural center and in the autumn of 2010 activities commenced on the premises. Studiefrämjandet is responsible for the organization and activities such as music, dance, theater and art, and there are also study rooms, rehearsal rooms, club and theater premises. Previous activities such as the Open preschool and Umeå Kyokushin Karate Club continue on the premises.
In 2011 Skuggteatern moved their activities to the house and in 2012 Grotteatern also followed the in the same footsteps.