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.
Golf carts are more of a mainstay of golf courses, but a proposed amendment to allow “Low Speed Vehicle Services” in specific areas of the city might change that.
The Birmingham City Council approved a Five Points West development by Urban Community Development Consortium, LLC, Regions Bank, and The Commercial Development Authority of the City of Birmingham. Continue reading “CrossPlex Village Approved in Five Points West”
If Alabama senators Jabo Waggoner (R-Vestavia Hills) and Del Marsh (R-Anniston) have their way, renovating Alabama’s historic buildings is going to get a lot cheaper. The Historical Rehabilitation Tax Credit expired in 2016, and these two state senators are re-introducing the credit this legislative session.
Birmingham has long been familiar with road cycling groups, and academically, I think everyone understands the positive benefits of getting outside and moving around. However, many roadworthy bikes can be a hefty investment of time, money, or both. With Zyp’s bike-sharing program, however, Birmingham could see a lot more cyclists on the road.
Alabama loves football. But it’s a rough sport. You probably know someone who’s been injured in the game. Recently, football has come under fire for the inherent risks, which include the lifelong effects of repeated head injuries, such as concussions. Helmets used today offer protection from direct impacts, but little else. Can technology make it safer?