Quarters no longer required. You can now pay for parking in Birmingham with an app

Birmingham’s new ParkMobile sign and decals on Richard Arrington Blvd. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Hooray!! There is no need to look under your car seats, scour through your glove compartment or floor board for loose coins to park in downtown Birmingham. 

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18 Birmingham metro restaurants and bars temporarily closed in a week due to COVID19

Fancy’s on Fifth in Avondale. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Some of Birmingham’s most popular restaurants and bars have temporarily closed in the past week. Most of the establishment suspended operations due to employees testing positive with COVID-19, while others are closing in response to the rise of COVID19 cases in the Birmingham area.

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JeffCo Health Officer orders county-wide face covering rules while state plans to open schools

Face covering at the Shell Station on Highland Avenue in Birmingham. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Jefferson County Health Officer Dr. Mark Wilson has issued an order requiring all people over the age of 8 to wear coverings inside businesses that are open to the public and while taking public transportation.

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More than competition. Girls’ high school sports in Alabama build character.

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The survivors walk at the Patriot Classic. (L to R) Cooper Swinney, M’Kay Gidley, Gena Frith (survivor), and Gracie Vanderford. Photo courtesy of Hillcrest High School

Earlier this month, we asked Alabama high school athletic directors and coaches to share with us some of their most inspirational girls’ sports stories from the AHSAA  2019-2020 school year

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Avondale designated Birmingham’s 4th entertainment district

On June 22, 2020, Avondale became Birmingham’s 4th designated entertainment district. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Today, the Birmingham City Council voted to designate the 41st Street South area in Avondale as an entertainment district. The new ordinance is slated to go into effect July 1, 2020.

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What is Saharan Dust? When is it coming to Birmingham? Answers from CBS 42’s Ashley Gann

CBS 42 Meteorologist Ashley Gann describing incoming Saharan Dust Plume. Photo courtesy of Ashley Gann

Let us just admit it.  For the past week, we’ve been seeing maps of  the “Saharan Dust Plume” inching ever so slowly toward the continental U.S., in particular the Southeast and Alabama. The maps are quite frightening. 

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Breaking: Rainbows appear over Birmingham during the Summer Solstice (photos)

Rainbow on June 20, 2020 at UAB. Photo by Tosha Gaines Photography – IG/ @toshaphotog

What are the chances?  Just an hour or two after the Summer Solstice began at 4:43pm, on June 20, 2020, Birmingham experienced a light summer pop-up shower. As a result, minutes later, suddenly a rainbow appeared over the city that would have made Noah and Kermit the Frog envious. 

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Will 16th Street be renamed Black Lives Matter… here are mixed reactions.

Shirley Ferrill, owner of African Wear on 16th Street. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Shirley Ferrill, owner of Ferrill African Wear has an alternative to a Birmingham City Council  resolution (details –HERE) to rename 16th Street North to Black Lives Matter Boulevard

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United Way of Central Alabama ranks 2nd nationally on charity good governance and accountability list

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United Way staff on a local service project in 2019. Photo courtesy of United Way of Central Alabama

Birmingham ranks high on a number of  “best in the nation ” lists, including our hospitals, restaurants and construction. Now, we’ve got the best charity.

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