A spotlight on Birmingham’s Smithfield community—where history hides in plain sight

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Bethel House’s mural. Photo via The Celebration Bowl.

As a part of Bham Now’s neighborhood series, we’re shining a spotlight on Birmingham’s Smithfield community. Keep reading to learn more about this historic area including Bethel House, A.H. Parker High School and gearing up for The World Games 2021.

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5 things you probably didn’t know about Birmingham’s Pratt City

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Corey Pettway enjoying the hammocks at One Pratt Park. Photo via Birmingham City Council Facebook.

Pratt City—where I barely passed my driver’s test at the DMV and a neighborhood with perseverance. After the April 2011 tornadoes, the community was heavily affected but continues to make strides into the new decade. Keep reading to learn about Pratt’s hidden gems.

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4 things to know about Birmingham’s Airport Hills community

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Want a cool view of the airport and the city? You can find it in Airport Hills. Photo via flybirmingham.com.

The Airport Hills is a heavily residential area that’s home to over 5,000 people. For all you aviation fans, this community has great, unobstructed views of Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport’s runways. Thanks to the city’s BIG Partnership initiative centered around the airport, Airport Hills is going to see major growth in the near future.

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5 reasons you want to get to know and love Birmingham’s Five Points West community

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Athletes from around the world will be bustling around Birmingham come summer of 2021! Photo via World Games 2021

Come summer of 2021, The World Games will have Five Points West—along with the entire City of Birmingham—bustling with athletes from around the globe!

This neighborhood with a rich history has uplifting community leaders that are continuously enriching the area. Keep reading to see what makes Five Points West so unique to Birmingham.

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7 things to know about East Pinson Valley, including a local oasis, Turkey Creek

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Swimmer at Turkey Creek Nature Preserve – Photo via Southern Environmental Center

East Pinson Valley is one of those parts of Birmingham that you might not get to much unless you live here…like me! It’s home to some hidden gems you’re gonna want to check out.

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8 things to love about Birmingham’s East Lake community, including a killer sunset spot

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Redemptive Cycles Trample to East Lake Park. Photo by Kristina O’Quinn via Facebook

East Lake is one of those parts of town you might not get to much if you don’t live over there. And, it’s home to some happenin’ spots you’re gonna want to check out.

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Birmingham’s Ensley community is alive, y’all. Why you should check it out.

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Kids from two rec centers in Ensley hosted an "America's best dance crew" competition back in 2016.
In July 2016, two rec centers in Ensley, McAlpine and Ensley Rec Centers, held an “America’s best dance crew” battle at Legion Field. Photo from Ensley Alive’s Facebook page

Once upon a time, the Ensley community was a vibrant steel town in its own right. Now, a group called “Ensley Alive” is working to breathe new life into this once-vibrant part of town, celebrating both the past, present and future of the place they call home.

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8 reasons we love Birmingham’s Southside community, including Rojo’s birthday party

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Rojo Birmingham in Southside is about to celebrate its 17th birthday.
Rojo Birmingham celebrating its 11th birthday. June 15 it turns 17! Photo from Rojo Birmingham’s Facebook page

It’s fair to say that most folks who’ve spent any time in Birmingham have probably spent some time in Southside. Whether it’s restaurants and bars you’re after, religious institutions brimming with history or sports or parks you’re looking for, Birmingham’s Southside community has all this and more.

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9 things we love about Birmingham’s Crestline community, including Hidden Park

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"Hidden Park" is right in the heart of Birmingham's Crestline neighborhood.
“Hidden Park” is right in the heart of Birmingham’s Crestline neighborhood. Photo by Sharron Swain for Bham Now

Birmingham’s Crestline community is made up of two of the city’s 99 neighborhoods. If you don’t know someone who lives here, you might have been for the area’s “hidden park” or a couple of tasty restaurants in a little shopping strip off Hagood.

We took a look around to see what you might like to know about this tucked-away corner of the city.

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9 things to know and love about Birmingham’s Cahaba Community, including Lake Purdy

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Barber Motorsports Vintage Museum is in the Cahaba community of Birmingham.
Pictures can’t even begin to do justice to the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum. Photo by Sharron Swain for Bham Now

Chances are, you didn’t know Birmingham’s Cahaba Community was a thing. It’s made up of one neighborhood: an old coal-mining area called Overton. Once you finish reading, you’re going to want to visit because there’s a lot going on.

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9 things you need to know about the North Birmingham Community, including the Historic Bethel Baptist Church

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Bethel Baptist Church is trying to revitalize the North Birmingham community.
Rev. Dr. Thomas L. Wilder, Jr. in front of Bethel Baptist Church in Collegeville. Photo by Sharron Swain for Bham Now

If you’ve never ventured into the part of Birmingham that lies between Village Creek and Five Mile Creek, north of Norwood, we’ve got a treat for you today. We’ve done some homework so we can share with you about some of the treasures of this part of town. A little off the beaten path, the North Birmingham community has played a key part in our city’s history.

For those of you who are following along, this is the fifth in a twenty-three part series we’re bringing you, in which we help you get to know all 99 of Birmingham’s neighborhoods. So far, we’ve featured the Crestwood, Northside, Red Mountain, and Roebuck / South East Lake communities.

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8 Things you need to know about the Roebuck/South East Lake community, including a trail hike in Ruffner Mountain

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The Roebuck/South East Lake community has an art scene and a tight knit neighborhood feel. Photo by Lauren Bedford for Bham Now

Have you ever been to the Roebuck/South East Lake community? Maybe you have, even if you haven’t realized it! The community is made up of three of Birmingham’s 99 neighborhoods — Roebuck, Roebuck Springs and South East Lake. It is a thriving artistic and creative community located in between Trussville, Irondale and Woodlawn.

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8 things you need to know about the Red Mountain Community, including a Christmas music light show, restaurants and a secret cottage community

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Third Friday at Naked Art Gallery is a fun place to see local art! Photo submitted by Wil Cushman

Chances are, you’ve found yourself driving slowly through the neighborhoods of the Red Mountain Community, checking out the beautiful homes and funky restaurants or stopping to relax at one of the great parks. Red Mountain is made up of three neighborhoods: Forest Park, Highland Park and Redmont park. Find out why it’s one of the coolest communities in Birmingham.

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