UAB is installing a new and improved form of cancer treatment – proton therapy. Proton therapy is generally described as x-ray radiation therapy, but better: it’s more precise and less damaging to healthy tissue than its more common counterpart.
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.
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?