It has been quite a journey for the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Football team. It’s been two years since the program was shut down and nearly one year since it was reinstated because of the public outcry from the UAB and Birmingham community.
— UAB Athletics (@UAB_Athletics) August 29, 2016
The city of Alabaster has set a moratorium, or restriction, on all future development along the area between U.S. 31 and Mission Hills Road.
The scene of innovation in Birmingham is astounding. From startups in tech, to the renovation of a 1920 style buildings housing “chef incubators” Our city doesn’t seem to be sleeping.
When I say 5 o’clock, or 280, some people (or most, but lets not get too confident) would think of traffic, bad drivers, crappy roads, congested intersections, etc… I mean, the list goes on and on, but one thing’s for sure, the increased development of neighborhoods, parks, and office buildings may not be helping these conditions.
Frank Brocato plans to increase spending on schools. Will take office as Hoover Mayor in November, defeating incumbent Gary Ivey.
The House continues to debate Governor Bentley’s lottery bill, with amendments, into late hours.
With over 200 people in attendance, the Velocity Accelerator was welcomed into Birmingham this past Tuesday.
— Alabama NewsCenter (@alnewscenter) August 25, 2016
Birmingham has come a long way, but we still need to make things better for everyone.
This report by NPR, shows that Birmingham, Alabama holds the top 2 spots when comparing poverty by school districts across the U.S. We are the ONLY southern state to make the list. Why? We have divided ourselves into mini-locales that work independently. This leads to some very wealthy school districts and some very poor ones. Is this best for the overall growth and health of the Birmingham area?
Attorney Randall Woodfin plans to run for Birmingham Mayor and will officially announce his candidacy on August 27th, one year before the mayoral election. Elected to the Birmingham Board of Education, Woodfin served as president from 2013 – 2015.
Read more here from The Birmingham Times.
As innovation week ensues, some big news for the Innovation Depot has surfaced!
Once the booming place to shop – and disco dance – Century Plaza has been vacant since 2009 suffering from the opening of newer, shinier malls like Hover’s Galleria. But now, a prospective buyer, New Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church, might come to the rescue. The owner is seeking to sell for $7M and the deal is currently in review.
Like many industries in Birmingham, the luxury home market is in an evolving state.
With every thing happening down town… the luxury buyers kinda migrate back that way. You are seeing really hot markets in Forest Park Redmont area for instance, is one area that’s really hot…
-Ty West, Editor, Birmingham Business Journal
— WBHM 90.3 FM (@WBHM) August 22, 2016
Ty says that all the companies moving on and close to 280 are building some sort of mini city centers. On the same page, down town is growing rapidly with development plans geared toward the massive open stadium and other luxury options.
Hopefully this will promote major housing growth in the area.
Whether you’re studying, working, writing, reading, or just catching up with Friends, coffee houses are great for just about any occasion.
So, the next time you need a little get away with a cup of Joe, check out these Birmingham coffee houses.
New open air stadium, new Legacy arena, improved aesthetics and more were proposed to the board of the BJCC this week. Renovations would tally close to $300M with Birmingham and Jefferson County pitching in. The stadium would be used by UAB Blazers and the ESPN’s Birmingham Bowl. From the BBJ.