If you are like me, you love end of the year lists.
Which blockbuster movies were the top box office hits of 2019? What were the Nielsen ratings’ most watched television shows? Or for us bibliophiles, the New York Times 2019 Bestseller list.
So, we asked our numbers guy at Bham Now…. What were the most popular Bham Now stories for 2019?
He came up with a top 15 list based on the number of times people visited a Bham Now story (clicked on the link).
Let’s start with #1 on the list.
1) Human trafficking in Birmingham: it’s not what you think. What it is and what we can do to stop it.
This June story was not only Bham Now’s most popular in 2019, it also helped call attention to human trafficking in our community. The story by Sharron Mendel Swain went viral and was read nationwide. Most importantly, the cities of Birmingham, Mountain Brook and Vestavia Hills declared their communities Trafficking Free Zones by the end of the year.
Bham Now’s own Nathan Watson did a great job educating our readers about venomous snakes in and around Birmingham. He dispelled many of the myths about poisonous snakes, provided some fun facts and for us nature lovers – ways to react to them and be safe.
“Wipe out” comes to Birmingham. Well, not quite, but Oak Mountain’s inflatable water park is a great addition to Alabama’s largest state park.
Birmingham stepped up and honored Mark Lindsey with a mural in February of 2019. Bearded with flowing hair, Lindsey received local and national attention on social media, when a video captured him robed in a hospital gown, taking to the streets on a one-wheel motorized skateboard. At the time, he was undergoing treatment for prostate cancer at UAB Hospital.
Coffee and cats. Now that is a business model. Gatos and Beans not only serves some of the best coffee in town, but if need a “cat” fix or actually looking to adopt, Gatos and Beans in Avondale is your place.
6) 3 emergency vet clinics in Birmingham metro, following closure of Acton Road emergency clinic
One of Bham Now’s missions is to bring useful and timely information to our readers. When the Acton Road emergency veterinary clinic closed Birmingham residents needed alternatives. That’s what we provided in this January 2019 story.
If you want a cocktail in Birmingham where do you go? Bham Now’s Hannah Chambley profiled 7 women who have shattered the glass ceiling in the bartending world.
Birmingham’s Donnelly House was featured on the pop culture phenomenon “The Bachelor” in February of 2019. Colton Underwood took hometown favorite Hannah Goodwin on a date at —where else? The Donnelly House. Despite being eliminated on The Batchelor by Underwood, Goodwin returned later in the year to win Batchelor in Paradise.
This past June a rainbow appeared in Birmingham. A 500 foot rainbow! Let by Marcus Fetch, Birmingham now has a beautiful rainbow mural along the wall near Morris Avenue. Dozens of volunteers were apart of this new graceful addition to our community.
The Premiere Lux Cinema on Lakeshore is not your usual movie theater. It’s state of the art. An experience.
The new complex serves food and is home to the largest indoor screen in the Alabama.
This past year, the state of Alabama turned 200 years old. Bham Now wanted to know what Alabama looked like back then. What we learned is not taught in 4th Grade Alabama history. Prairies? Bamboo/canebreak forests? Yep.
It is hard to believe the 59/20 closed a little more than a year ago. Back then, Birmingham residents needed directions and alternative routes. We helped get them them in people’s hands. Now, almost a year later, the new bridges are expected to open in February ahead of schedule.
A holiday tradition, Railroad Park added an ice slide to its seasonal ice rink. Have you tried it?
We all thought the Homewood’s “Pink House” was going to be lost forever. Fortunately, there was “win” for historic preservation!
Trussville’s downtown is rapidly becoming the “it” place for foodies, breweries and entertainment.