We’re no strangers to love: Birmingham has a vibrant sister cities program, and it’s expanding! According to the Jamaica Observer, Birmingham and Kingston, Jamaica signed a sister City agreement this week.
If you’re meeting a lot of new people recently, congratulations, and it’s not just you! More and more first-time home buyers are coming to live here, enough to propel us into the top ten cities for first time home buyers list for Zillow, “the leading real estate and rental marketplace.”
The idea of “smart cities” has been around even longer people have been using “smart” as a synonym for “connected.” All through popular media, the “grid” is becoming aware of its residents, helping them get to work faster, safer, and less stressfully. Sure, there are those inconvenient robot uprisings and security exploits, but those are all just plot points, right?
So I’ve noticed there hasn’t been an “upcoming events” post in a while – we seem to be focusing on single events. And to top it all off, birmingham365 is giving me an error page on my laptop. So I’ll do it myself! Coming up this week in Birmingham (keep in mind that none of the artist links should be considered worksafe unless your job is to listen to music)…
You’d be forgiven for not knowing what Energen is. The Birmingham-based oil drilling company doesn’t exactly show off. But today, the “exploration and production” company announced a plan to significantly expand their American drilling operations in a conference call with slides available here.
The idea of renting a place to stay from someplace cheaper than a hotel (and probably more likely to let you use a kitchen) is attractive, and home sharing has been around probably since there were homes: the Greeks felt a duty to let travelers stay in their homes for the night, and some of us are familiar with the time-honored tradition of couch-surfing. The internet, and especially Craigslist, made all that easier. But today, home-sharing has gone commercial, interactive, and centralized, thanks to our new obsession with the “gig economy.”
Yesterday morning, I wrote about the City Council’s approval of a proposed CrossPlex Village near Five Points West.
Yesterday afternoon, I was able to get in contact with the most visible voice of dissent: the Jefferson County Millennial Democrats.
Speaking with their treasurer, Emma Colburn, I was able to get a more in-depth analysis of why they object to the development approval.