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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The opioid crisis in Birmingham: ways you can help slow the epidemic

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Did you know that opioids derive from poppies? “Poppies,” by Susie Tremmel. CC BY 2.0

The opioid crisis in Birmingham is real, just like it is across the United States. Actually, did you know Alabama has the highest prescribing rates in the nation? According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Alabama’s prescribing rate was 121 per 100 people in 2016.

Given how common these drugs are, we all need to know what we can do. To find out more, I talked with three Alabama experts:

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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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8 Things you need to know about Birmingham’s Northside community, including Alabama-made spirits at LeNell’s Beverage Boutique and the annual Linn Park tree lighting and parade

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James Clark’s beautiful Norwood home. Photo via James Clark

The Northside community consists of five neighborhoods: Norwood, Druid Hills, Evergreen, Fountain Heights and Central City. Northside residents claim four zip codes — 35204, 35203, 35222 and 35234.  

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8 Things to know about Crestwood, including homes for sale, a rockin’ Halloween Party on October 19 and why the locals love it

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The Crestwood Tavern is a local hangout with food and drinks for the residents of Crestwood. Photo by Lauren Bedford for Bham Now

The Crestwood Community consists of 2 neighborhoods: Crestwood North and Crestwood South. The neighborhoods are separated by Crestwood Boulevard, which runs through the middle of them. The area is full of shops, dining and great neighborhoods.

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95 surveillance cameras are coming, but what are you doing to help the city? Here are three ways to help prevent crimes in Birmingham

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As of Tuesday, the Birmingham City Council approved  95 surveillance cameras across Birmingham, including Ensley, Gate City, Kingston and Central Park. Birmingham is one of many cities across America that have started using  surveillance cameras to reduce crime.

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Learn all about international adoption on Sept. 22 with Children’s of Alabama

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The UAB International Adoption Clinic at Children’s of Alabama (IAC) helps families during and after their adoption process with medical, developmental and emotional/attachment education and support. While their primary focus is on international adoption, the IAC serves the domestic adoption population, as well. Photo via No Hands But Ours

If you’re interested in international adoption, but you are unsure about where to begin, Children’s of Alabama wants you to know that you and your family are never alone. Here’s how the UAB International Adoption Clinic at Children’s of Alabama guides you through the (sometimes complicated) process.

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Mimosas anyone? Birmingham City Council approves early Sunday alcohol sales

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What is bill SB384? It passed on March 26, and  Governor Kay Ivey signed it. This bill simply allowed the Birmingham City Council to determine whether or not to allow on-premise alcohol sales in Birmingham starting at 10 a.m. on Sundays.

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