Birmingham is behind neighboring cities in 2020 Census response. Can we catch-up? Yes.

I responded to my 2020 Census letter, you can too! Birmingham is counting on you. Photo of Bham Now Content Director Pat Byington by Bham Now

Maybe it is life without my beloved Birmingham Legion, F.C., but when I saw the latest 2020 U.S. Census response rate broken down, city by city in the Birmingham metro area, my blood boiled and I felt a little competitive.

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Looking on the bright side of social distancing in Birmingham

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downtown Birmingham, AL. Photo via @dyoungblood71

For the first time in years, social distancing is allowing us to slow down. The pandemic has broken every barrier and shown that we are truly all in this together. It’s the perfect time to reflect and refocus our thoughts on the bright side of things. Here are a few examples of the sunny side of social distancing.

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The World Games Birmingham announces new dates for July 2022—including insight from Nick Sellers

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Raise your hand if you can’t wait for The Games to come to Birmingham! Photo via The World Games.

The world is coming to Birmingham—just a little bit later than originally planned. The World Games Birmingham has been rescheduled to take place on July 7-17, 2022. Nick Sellers, CEO of The World Games Birmingham, provided insight to Bham Now about the decision. Keep reading for more details including the event’s positive outlook.

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3 Birmingham stories that will put a smile on your face today

We’re pretty good at that around here. Photo via Unsplash

It’s no secret to any local that Birmingham is the Magic City in more ways than one. In the wake of a global pandemic that’s put our whole world on pause, neighbors and strangers alike in Birmingham are being as generous and kind as ever. Read about three of them and focus on the good today.

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Birmingham nonprofit spotlight—here’s how you can help 50+ local nonprofits today

Every kind of help matters right now. Photo via Jimmie Hale Mission

Our local nonprofits need our help, Birmingham. We’re making it easy. Check back once a week and see who we’re spotlighting—we’ll be adding more nonprofits as the COVID-19 response continues. Learn how you can be a part of important work serving our community.

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3 ways Birmingham is providing facemasks to healthcare workers—how you can too

A BIG thank you to healthcare workers and other essential workers keeping Birmingham safe and strong. Photo via Bham Face Masks.

We can’t thank our healthcare workers enough for putting themselves on the frontlines to fight COVID-19. But, we can show appreciation by donating facemasks and our time through Birmingham organizations.

Whether it’s sewing a mask, creating one through a 3D printer or simply being a runner for supplies—these local businesses and residents are stepping up to help. Here’s how you can get in on the action. 

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Former Trinity Medical Center to become “Arbor Terrace” a $200 million development

Screenshot of the rendering of Arbor Terrace. The new $20o million multi-use development is located on the  former site of the Trinity/Baptist Montclair Medical Center off Montclair Road in Birmingham. Photo courtesy of Birmingham Metro LLC

Almost five years after it was vacated, the former Trinity/Baptist Montclair Medical Center site is slated to be transformed into a multi-use campus. The new $200 million project inside Birmingham’s city limits will include corporate headquarters, residential, medical and community-oriented retail and café spaces.

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5 curbside spring cocktails + Dread River’s helpful contribution to Birmingham

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Curbside cocktail kit from Queen’s Park via Queen’s Park Facebook

If we’ve learned anything from this pandemic, it’s that Birmingham will always support its local businesses. Now that we’re social distancing, bars have switched to serving up our favorite drinks curbside. Check out these five cocktail kits in Birmingham to kick off your springtime quarantine.

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4 ways ¡HICA! supports Birmingham now

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¡HICA! serves our community in a variety of ways. Photo courtesy of ¡HICA!

Although we’re in the middle of a pandemic, the team at the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (¡HICA!) in Birmingham is working hard to make sure families have access to the resources they need. We spoke with ¡HICA!’s executive director, Isabel Rubio, to find out more about their work.

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Do you have the goods? Bartering is making a comeback in Birmingham

Toys for pets and kids seem to be some of the most in-demand items in Birmingham. Photo via Unsplash

While it used to be the foundation of most economies, bartering has become fairly outdated in recent decades, particularly in the states. With many incomes slowing down, the practice is gaining traction. Check out the details + learn how to barter in Bham.

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Meals on Wheels filled the pantries of over 1100 vulnerable seniors in JeffCo

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United Way staff and volunteers load boxes with three weeks worth of supplies for Meals on Wheels clients. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the United Way Meals on Wheels program is delivering three-weeks of shelf-stable meals to homebound seniors in Jefferson County.

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Please help. Physician Moms PPE Drive this weekend, more homemade masks needed

Volunteers at the Physicians Mom group mask and PPE Drive at the Homewood Library, on March 21, 2020. Photo courtesy of Kellie Tapley

Birmingham, while you shelter in place  this weekend, here are three projects you can work on to help combat COVID-19 here in the Magic City and Alabama.

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Several Birmingham property owners offering creative help to their tenants

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Ward Neely of Property Partners stands outside The Battery. Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

All around the country, small and local businesses are feeling pressure as their customers begin to self-isolate. In order to help out their tenants, several Birmingham property owners are offering waived or deferred rent (as well as other creative solutions) until this outbreak clears up.

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Going stir crazy? Here’s how to be productive + stay busy at home in Birmingham

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Ignite Cycle knows how to keep people moving—even during a quarantine situation. Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

We know life is a little crazy right now, but that doesn’t mean you have to go stir crazy at home. Here are some activities to keep you busy and productive including virtual dance parties, live streams with local bands and free book delivery in Birmingham.

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