Who are all these people moving downtown?

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Birmingham’s building boom continues to send ripples of construction activity throughout the downtown area and nearby neighborhoods. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the housing market, as numerous new condominiums, apartment complexes and mixed-use developments have popped up throughout the city center over the past few years.

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Rotary Club of Birmingham is set to welcome third female president in the organization’s 104-year history

For those who became familiar with “Rotary” only after the recent opening of Birmingham’s Rotary Trail, it should be known that the influence of the organization behind that name extends far beyond this half-mile length of land. As in, around-the-world far.

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Books-A-Million continues to thrive in the digital age

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Terry Finely, CEO, Books-a-million

A person has to be tough to make it to 100, and the same is true for companies. No business survives for a century without handling numerous challenges and setbacks along the way. Books-A-Million, which was founded in 1917 in Florence and is now headquartered in Birmingham, is one of those companies that has made it to the big 1-0-0. Continue reading “Books-A-Million continues to thrive in the digital age”

Terri Williams answers the call for AT&T Alabama

Terri Williams has worked for AT&T-Alabama for 14 years. Despite her outfit, her job doesn’t require climbing telephone poles.

Terri Williams watches her hearing-impaired brother-in-law communicate effortless by texting or using sign langue through video chat, and she can’t help but marvel at the amazing times in which we live.

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Birmingham’s Kiwanis Club celebrates 100th with new Vulcan Trail Park

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Groundbreaking will be held Friday for the Kiwanis Centennial Park/Vulcan Trail. A project celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham.

Birmingham’s Kiwanis Club has had a visible impact on the city over the past century. Take a look at what they’re doing now to the Vulcan Trial Park. Continue reading “Birmingham’s Kiwanis Club celebrates 100th with new Vulcan Trail Park”

Condoleezza Rice discusses Democracy at Brookwood Books-A-Million

Former U.S. Secretary of State and Birmingham native Condoleezza Rice signed approximately 200 copies of her new book, Democracy, Monday at Books-A-Million.

Condoleezza Rice sat down with Bham Now for a q&a on her stop in Birmingham today.  The former U.S. Secretary of State was back in her hometown of Birmingham, signing copies of her new 486-page book, Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom, at the Brookwood Village location of Books-A-Million.

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Historic BEBCO building to be renovated

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Ward Neely and SRS Real Estate Partners plan to renovate the historic BEBCO building on Second Avenue South, via Kristina O’Quinn.

Yet another historic Birmingham building is about to undergo renovation.  A development group led by Ward Neely, of SRS Real Estate Partners, plans to renovate the BEBCO facility on Second Avenue South between 22nd and 23rd Street. Continue reading “Historic BEBCO building to be renovated”

Birmingham celebrates return of UAB football and it was no April Fools

UAB football players receive cheers during Blazer Walk before Saturday’s spring game.

UAB head football coach Bill Clark stepped off the team bus outside Legion Field on Saturday, April 1st, surveyed the celebration taking place before him, and immediately was thankful to be wearing shades. Not because of the brightness of the day, but because the brightness of the Blazers’ future was bringing a tear to Clark’s eye.

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Rotaract Club of Birmingham to hold annual fundraiser April 1

The Rotaract Club of Birmingham’s annual Foundation Ball fundraiser is set for April 1

The motto of the Rotaract Club of Birmingham is, “Learn, socialize, serve.” And after another year of learning and serving, the organization of young professionals is ready to socialize at its annual Foundation Ball fundraiser. The black-tie gala will take place this Saturday, April 1, beginning at 8 p.m. at the Haven event space, on Sixth Avenue South in Lakeview.

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IndyCar roars into Birmingham with former champions in preparation for April race

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Defending race winner Simon Pagenaud practices at Barber Motorsports Park for the April 21-23 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, via INDYCAR Photo – Chris Jones

Verizon IndyCar Series driver Simon Pagenaud looks at the race track at Birmingham’s Barber Motorsports Park, with its numerous sweeping turns and occasional fast straightaways, and is reminded of the motorcycle course near his hometown in France.

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For a few Alabama residents, solar is so good! Part 3 of 3

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The Trescotts’ home in Blount County is one of only about 10,000 in the state of Alabama that is equipped with a solar power system, via Rick Trescott

While Alabama lags far behind much of the nation in terms of solar energy policies and usage – a situation we examined in the first two parts of this series – there are a few state residents determined to let the sun shine in to their homes.

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Birmingham to Host 8th Year of Honda Indy Grand Prix; April 21 – 23rd

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In the world of motorsports, Birmingham and the state of Alabama have long been considered prime NASCAR country. But every April since 2010, the open-wheel racers of the Verizon IndyCar Series – the same cars and drivers that compete in the prestigious Indianapolis 500 – roll into town and transform the local sports scene.

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Bright future of solar power not yet shining in Alabama – Part 1 of 3

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The largest power source in this neck of the universe is still 93 million miles away from Earth. But its energy-producing potential for our planet is closer than ever to truly being realized.Solar Power, Birmingham, Alabama

Solar power has been touted for decades as being the ultimate answer to our energy needs. According to researchers at MIT, the amount of sunlight striking the earth’s surface is more than 10,000 times greater than the world’s total energy usage. Or as solar advocates like to put it, one hour of sunshine can create one year’s worth of energy.

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