Bessemer Train Depot to get major redevelopment. Here’s how

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The Bessemer Train Depot in downtown Bessemer. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

The Bessemer area has exploded with new jobs and opportunities in the past couple years. One part that is now catching up with the times is the Bessemer Train Depot, now that it has been purchased by Brian Giattina, Blox CFO and founder of Bessemer Redevelopment Corps. Keep reading to see the past, present and future of this Bessemer icon.

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9 Birmingham races you need to run this spring

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Who else is excited for spring runs and races? Photo via Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama

As spring comes full-fledged to Birmingham, we’re all wanting to get outside more. Check out these nine upcoming Birmingham races that are the perfect way to enjoy this wonderful weather, whether you’re a casual 5k-er to the next Shalane Flanagan or Steve Prefontaine.

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7 women and nonbinary bartenders you need to know in Birmingham

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Ayon Jackson at Queen’s Park creating New Life, Who Dis? with Campesino Rum. Photo via Riley Campbell for Bham Now

Birmingham bartenders are a staple of local life. In honor of Women’s History Month, Campesino Rum is celebrating the diversity of local bartenders with 7 must-know mixologists. See what they have to say about bartending, working in a primarily male industry and their favorite Campesino cocktails, in no particular order.

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Spring cleaning? These 7 Birmingham charities are taking donations

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Several charities around Birmingham have donation bins. Photo via King’s Home Facebook

The sun is shining, the weather is warming up, so I think we can call it and say Spring is here! And with Spring comes spring cleaning. Keep reading to see where you can donate old clothes, furniture, and other household items in Birmingham.

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Everything you want to know about the new mural at the Valley Hotel in Homewood

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Birmingham artist Trés Taylor with “The Middle Way” at the Valley Hotel in Homewood. Photo via Helene Taylor

The newly-opened Valley Hotel in Homewood features a breathtaking art feature right in the lobby. Keep reading to learn more about “The Middle Way” mural by Trés Taylor, and its delightfully local inspiration.

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Get the latest on Birmingham’s upcoming Urban Supply development

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The future of Parkside in downtown Birmingham. Rendering via Urban Supply

Urban Supply is changing the face of Parkside in Birmingham, bringing 100,000 square feet of retail, office and fitness spaces as well as restaurants and bars to the area. See what’s there, what’s happening and what’s coming to the coming-soon development that just broke ground.

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See how 6 Birmingham nonprofits are celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday

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A student at Desert Island Supply Co. reads her work at one of the organization’s programs. Photo via DISCO Birmingham’s Facebook

Happy birthday Dr. Seuss! March 2, 2021 honors the 117th birthday of the famous writer and illustrator with National Read Across America Day. See how Birmingham literacy nonprofits and local libraries are celebrating the national holiday this year.

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History and helping with Birmingham icon, Dr. Jesse J. Lewis, Sr.

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Dr. Jesse J. Lewis through the years. Photo via Agency 54

Dr. Jesse J. Lewis, Sr. is a force to be reckoned with, as a World War II veteran, the first Black Alabama cabinet member, chairman of Agency 54, Birmingham Times Publisher Emeritus, and many more things. On February 25, Agency 54 hosted a “Conversation of Influence” with Dr. Jesse Lewis and Spire Energy’s Joe Hampton to discuss Lewis’s life, wisdom and new book, One Man’s Opinion: Together We Can Do This.

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Herd immunity: what you need to know from UAB’s Dr. Suzanne Judd

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UAB epidemiologist Dr. Suzanne Judd speaking on herd immunity. Photo via UAB

Have you heard about herd immunity? As the US continues to fight the coronavirus pandemic, hope (and vaccines) are on the way. Keep reading to learn the latest from Dr. Suzanne Judd, an epidemiologist at UAB, about herd immunity in the US and Alabama.

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Community and career building: see how people at Amazon’s BHM1 make a difference

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BHM1 employee Dawn Hoag volunteers with the Boy Scouts. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

One of the most satisfying things in life is helping others, and Dawn Hoag and Rob Street know all about that. They work at Amazon’s BHM1 facility in Bessemer and spend time off the clock engaged in community service. Keep reading to see how these two make a positive impact in the Birmingham area.

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15 books for Black History Month recommended by Birmingham bookstores

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Just one of the many excellent titles by Black authors available at Birmingham bookstores. Photo via The Little Professor

Black History Month is a great time to beef up your bookshelf with books by Black authors. Keep reading to see what Birmingham bookstores recommend you add to your reading list for Black History Month and beyond.

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