Live HealthSmart Alabama is making Kingston healthier—Here’s how

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Live HealthSmart Alabama organizers cutting the ribbon at Stockham Park. Photo by Steve Wood for UAB

UAB’s Live HealthSmart Alabama (LHSA) celebrated improvements in the Kingston community yesterday at Stockham Park. This is the first step to better community health and quality of life in the Greater Birmingham Area.

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Five Point South’s Building Trades Tower is going to receive a $40M makeover

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The Building Trades Tower Building at Five Points South is about to have a $40M makeover. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

Birmingham’s Five Points South neighborhood received some good news this week. The 12-story historic Birmingham Building Trades Tower, which has been vacant since a 2015 fire, is receiving a $40 million makeover.

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Ramsay High School hosts immersive exhibit to foster empathy

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Encouraging words from Ashley Hurst. Photo via Cecilia Wood for Bham Now

This week, I went back to high school. Not my own, though. I checked out the ALL IN: Immersive Storytelling Exhibit at Ramsay High School, an exhibit with the goal of building empathy for public schools. Keep reading to see what I learned and find out more about the Birmingham Education Foundation.

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Celebrate Juneteenth in Birmingham with beloved traditions + new events all weekend

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June 19 is more than just a date, it also marks Juneteenth—an annual holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the US. If you’re looking for ways to celebrate this important day, mark your calendar for these events happening in Birmingham.

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Birmingham is a Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge finalist—what this means

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The Birmingham skyline from Vulcan Trail. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

The Bloomberg Philanthropies 2021 Global Mayors Challenge finalists are in, and the City of Birmingham made the cut. The challenge encourages cities to find solutions to urban issues stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. Keep reading to learn more about Birmingham’s project and what that could mean for you.

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New initiative works for all Birmingham residents to Prosper

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Prosper works with Birmingham businesses to support the city's black community and women. Photo courtesy of Prosper Birmingham.
Prosper works with Birmingham businesses to support the city’s black community and women. Photo courtesy of Prosper Birmingham.

Birmingham is at a tipping point. Nationally, the Magic City has the worst racial disparities in business ownership rates, according to a Brookings Institute Study. Prosper, a coalition of civic, community and business leaders, is working to create an inclusive economy post-pandemic. Keep reading to find out how. 

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Mayor Woodfin announces celebrations for Bham’s 150th birthday

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Mayor Woodfin is excited to celebrate Birmingham's 150th birthday all year! Photo by Libby Foster for Bham Now.
Mayor Woodfin is excited to celebrate Birmingham’s 150th birthday all year! Photo by Libby Foster for Bham Now.

Here in Birmingham, we have a reason to celebrate all year. The Magic City is turning 150 in 2021, and there are lots of exciting celebrations planned. Keep reading to learn more.

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These Birmingham leaders worked to stop MS—find out how

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2021 Leadership Class. Photo via MS Society

Aspiring and seasoned leaders joined the National Multiple Sclerosis Society‘s annual MS Leaders Challenge with the goal of giving back to a great cause and helping change the world for those living with MS. Find out what the MS Leaders Challenge is all about and meet the top fundraisers who rocked it in 2021.

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7 restaurants in Birmingham serving up tasty fried green tomatoes

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When I dream of fried green tomatoes, this is literally what I see. Photo via Hannah Eans for Farrelly’s Southern Bar & Kitchen

Growing up, my grandma’s homemade fried green tomatoes were one of my favorite dishes. It wasn’t until I got older that I realized fried green tomatoes are a southern delicacy.

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Nonstop BHM flights to DC and Houston resuming on Southwest

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Southwest is bringing back daily flights to DC and Houston from Birmingham. Photo via Birmingham Airport Authority.
Southwest is bringing back daily flights to DC and Houston from Birmingham. Photo via Birmingham Airport Authority.

Birmingham just got a little closer to the Washington Monument. Southwest Airlines is resuming flights to Baltimore/DC and Houston from the Magic City, and I’m ready to pack my bags. Keep reading for more on how to reach two of America’s most exciting cities right here from BHM.

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