Big plans for Birmingham’s Civil Rights and Innovation Districts

Historic 4th Avenue Business District
Birmingham’s Historic 4th Avenue Business District. Photo via Birmingham City Council

A master development plan is in the works for downtown Birmingham’s Civil Rights and Innovation Districts. Behind the plan are local nonprofits Urban Impact and REV Birmingham. Keep reading to find out what this means and why it matters.

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See Java Lewis’ 11 Birmingham Christmas windows (PHOTOS)

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Java Lewis painting a window on a chilly Birmingham day. Photo via Sharron Swain for Bham Now

The coldest day Birmingham’s seen in a long time was perfect for going out to soak in some holiday cheer with Java Lewis’ Christmas windows. For 15 years, Lewis, also known as “Mr. Painterman,” has been painting windows downtown, bringing the Christmas spirit to all who are lucky enough to see his artwork. Keep reading for a visual tour of 11 of his windows.

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What does Birmingham’s recent 100% inclusivity score mean? + 6 LGBTQ-friendly events

You are Beautiful quilt from the Magic City Acceptance Center.
Quilt from the Magic City Acceptance Center. Photo via Sharron Swain for Bham Now

Birmingham recently got a perfect 100 score on the national LGBTQ+ Municipal Equality Index. The Human Rights Campaign and the Equality Federation gave a record 88 out of 506 cities across the country this score.

To find out what this means to people in Birmingham, we dug into the nuts and bolts of the score, then reached out to four people in the community. And, we put together a list of 7 LGBTQ-friendly events for y’all. Keep reading for all the details.

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A New Year Trifecta: Uptown Street Fest, TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl plus WIN Monster Jam tkts

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Photo from a previous TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl
Amazing shot from a previous TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl. Photo via Facebook

If you like a good party and football (and who in Birmingham doesn’t), the Uptown Street Fest and Pep Rally on January 1, 2020, and the TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl on January 2 will get your New Year started right. 

We’ve got all the details for you to make sure you have a fun-filled time, whether you’re local to the Magic City or coming in from out of town. Get tickets now. Also, enter our sweeps for a chance to win tickets to Monster Jam. Read on for all the details.

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Honoring Your Personal Bandwidth. Find out how Jan. 9 at this Momentum Leaders workshop

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McDonald Graham leads the Honoring Your Personal Bandwidth Momentum Leaders workshop
Lisa Goldstein Graham and Julie McDonald of McDonald Graham. Photo supplied

Who in Birmingham isn’t guilty of looking at the leaders around us and wondering how they manage to squeeze it all in? Honoring Your Personal Bandwidth is a much-loved workshop that will help you create a unique life that meets your own personal needs. Ready to go? I know I am. Reserve your spot now.

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California Country Organics Body Care is changing hearts and lives in Birmingham. Find out why.

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Don’t they look fabulous? Photo supplied

Recently, Bham Now met Tracey Kennedy, a woman on a mission to help people love themselves organically through California Organics Body Care and her Change a Heart, Change a Life campaign. Read on to learn about her inspiring journey from the West Coast to Alabama. 

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5 reasons the new Alabama Bicentennial Children’s Bell at Sloss is lit.

Marshall Christie of Sloss Metal Arts with the Alabama Bicentennial Children's Bell
Marshall Christie admitted that as soon as he got the clapper in the new bell, he’s been ringing it. Photo by Sharron Swain for Bham Now

It’s not every day Alabama turns 200, so it seemed only fitting to create something lasting to celebrate that milestone. The Alabama Bicentennial Commission and Children’s Hospital partnered to create a bell that would honor both Bama’s big birthday and the children of our state.

To find out the inside scoop, I reached out to Jody Seal at Children’s of Alabama and Ashley Wingo of Sloss Metal Arts. Keep reading for all the details.

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Throw down for a good cause, Birmingham, at Christmas is a Drag, Dec. 20, 8PM

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One of the fabulous performers at Christmas is a Drag at Saturn Birmingham.
Christmas is anything but a drag at this fun and festive drag show. Photo via Jaysen Michael

Why let the holidays drag you down when you could party like it’s 1999 at Christmas is a Drag?

All proceeds from this annual holiday favorite support Holiday Wish. This fun and generous program makes sure young people living in AIDS Alabama’s housing get the very best gifts. Get your tickets now.

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Something fast is coming to Birmingham soon, and no, it’s not Superman. 7 reasons Gigabit internet matters.

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C Spire CEO Hu Meena and Alabama Power’s VP Birmingham Division Tony Smoke. Photo by Sharron Swain for Bham Now

Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive . . . no wait, we’re not talking about Superman, we’re talking about ultra-fast broadband internet coming soon to a fiber optic network near you. 

Mississippi-based C Spire is spearheading a mega investment into bringing tech-savvy Birmingham—and other parts of Alabama—into the tech future. Read on to find out what this could mean for the rest of us.

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Don’t miss Handel’s Messiah Dec. 20 and Home for the Holidays Dec. 21 in Birmingham. 15% off with code BHAMHOLIDAY

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ASO Chorus singing Handel's Messiah
ASO Chorus. Photo supplied

The Alabama Symphony Orchestra has two unforgettable holiday concerts that you don’t want to miss. With either of these shows, your Christmas in Birmingham will have the best soundtrack ever —you’ll definitely leave with a song in your heart.

Whether you come to Handel’s Messiah Dec. 20, Home for the Holidays Dec. 21, or both, you’re sure to leave with holiday cheer to spare. Use code BHAMHOLIDAY for 15% off tickets to both shows.

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Startup roundup: 5 Birmingham companies that could make your life better

Purilan launch at Hardware Park in Birmingham
Movers and makers at Hardware Park for the Purilan launch Nov. 20, 2019. Photo via Facebook

Anyone who’s been paying attention to Birmingham over the past few years knows that the city is fast becoming a hub of startup activity. Even Forbes weighed in, wondering whether Birmingham will be the next Silicon Valley (probably not) or Austin (possibly). To introduce you to some of the local startups worth watching, we’ve decided to start a regular startup roundup.

We hope you’ll join us and let us know about others you’re watching. For this first installment, we decided to focus on local companies that can make your life better. Keep reading for all the details.

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7 reasons to live right in the heart of Homewood at The Eastbury condominiums

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Walking the dog in Homewood
Walking the dog in Homewood. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Located right in the heart of Homewood, The Eastbury condominiums will make you feel right at home with easy access to all the action.

Whether you crave the quaint small-town feel of Homewood, or want to head over the hill to Southside and all it has to offer, you’ll have easy access to both from these condos starting in the $200s. Visit www.theeastbury.com to book your tour today.

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