Two Miss Fancy statues are coming to historic Avondale Park

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Miss Fancy is an icon for Avondale Brewery. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Good news—Leslie Smukler, the Avondale resident who found Miss Fancy’s original statue, received all the funding she needed to restore Miss Fancy’s statue to Avondale Park. But did you know about Friends of Avondale Park and Bryan Council’s efforts to build an eleven-foot-tall Miss Fancy statue? Keep reading to find out.

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Get the latest on Birmingham’s upcoming Urban Supply development

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The future of Parkside in downtown Birmingham. Rendering via Urban Supply

Urban Supply is changing the face of Parkside in Birmingham, bringing 100,000 square feet of retail, office and fitness spaces as well as restaurants and bars to the area. See what’s there, what’s happening and what’s coming to the coming-soon development that just broke ground.

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The latest happenings with Birmingham’s iconic Pink House & Secret Garden

The Pink House and its secret garden on Sunday, November 18th, 2018. Photo via Homewood AL Historical Preservation Society on Facebook

Located on the corner of Roseland Drive and Edgewood Boulevard, the Pink House has been a historic site in the Homewood community. It was recently sold to a private buyer for restoration and preservation. Keep reading to learn more about the historic site and what they’re doing to preserve it.

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New Year, New Office. Say hi to Bham Now’s new home on Morris Avenue! [Photos]

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A few Bham Now staffers standing outside our new office on Morris Avenue. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

It’s official. Bham Now has moved into our first permanent home, located on historic Morris Avenue. So why did we land on one of the oldest (yet hippest) streets in town? Read on to learn more & get a sneak peek at our office!

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Mercantile on Morris set to open early 2021

We can’t wait to see Mercantile on Morris open early this year! Photo via Mercantile on Morris

Mercantile on Morris, the highly-anticipated mixed-use development on historic Morris Avenue, is set to open early 2021—and we can’t wait! We rounded up a few of the perks of the development that we are most looking forward to checking out early this year.

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See Birmingham in the 20th century through the lens of O.V. Hunt [Photos]

Early Birmingham photographer O.V. Hunt alongside pilot Edmund Heath. And yes, that’s a biplane. Photo by O.V. Hunt, property of Birmingham Public Library Department of Archives and Manuscripts

As a history geek, I’ve been obsessed with the photos of O.V. Hunt for years. In the early 1900s, he captured some of the best photos of Birmingham—at least in my opinion. I picked out a few of my favorites to share what Birmingham looked like through Hunt’s lens, over a century ago.

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A walk in 5 historic Birmingham neighborhoods, including Forest Park

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One of the charming buildings in Forest Park Village. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

After living in Birmingham for nearly 6 years, I’ve come to love and appreciate the beautiful historic neighborhoods throughout The Magic City. I decided to learn more about a few of my favorites (and yes, I might be biased!).

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Former AT&T City Center added to National Register of Historic Places

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The former AT&T City Center in downtown has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. P.S. can you spot the plane heading to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport? Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

On December 14th, the Alabama Historical Commission officially announced that four Alabama properties had been added to the National Register of Historic Places—including the nearly 50-year-old AT&T City Center in downtown Birmingham.

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Five Points South is alive. Discover the new spots making it colorful

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A street-view of Five Points Lane on a blue-sky day. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Five Points South, one of Birmingham’s most iconic and historic neighborhoods, is quickly reemerging as one of the Magic City’s most exciting entertainment destinations. Today, the neighborhood is much more than a downtown connector for Birmingham’s suburbs—it’s full of life, with a heartbeat and a ton of potential. And one redevelopment firm is pushing for progress like no other. Enter Orchestra Partners.

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Alabama Theatre’s Annual Holiday Film Series canceled in 2020—the Birmingham Landmark needs your help.

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Who else misses events at this wonderful Birmingham landmark? Photo via Josh Weichman for the Alabama Theatre on Facebook

Earlier this evening, December 7th, the Alabama Theatre announced on Facebook that they would be canceling the remainder of 2020’s Alabama Theatre Holiday Film Series, beginning with tonight’s showing of one of my favorite Christmas movies, It’s A Wonderful Life. If you have fond memories of seeing holiday films at the venue, or are saddened by the cancelation of the 2020 season, here’s how you can help preserve the Alabama Theatre for future generations.

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Do you remember these 7 unique restaurants in Birmingham?

Baby Doe’s Matchless Mine, high atop Birmingham’s mountain. Photo via rollbamaroll.com

Throughout its 149-year history, hundreds—if not thousands—of unique restaurants have come and gone in The Magic City. While we can’t delight in their food anymore, we have photographs and memories aplenty. Here’s what some Birminghamian’s have to say about their favorite lost restaurants!

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A look at Sibyl Temple, the Classically-inspired gazebo atop Shades Mountain

The stunning Sibyl Temple in Vestavia Hills. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

As you drive up Highway 31 heading towards Vestavia Hills, it’s impossible to miss the stunning Sibyl Temple. Silently watching over Shades Valley, the Temple is a popular site for weddings and other events. But did you know that it was originally part of a much larger estate, owned by former Mayor George Ward? We took a look into the history behind the beloved landmark to learn more.

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Upcoming mobile app will feature Birmingham’s historic industrial sites

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Sloss Furnaces in 1906. Photo via Sloss Furnaces

If there’s one thing to know about Birmingham, it’s our industrial heritage. As an infant city, Birmingham made its first mark on history as the South’s center for industry, with places like Ensley Works, U.S. Steel, Tannehill and the famous Sloss Furnaces. Now, a group of Birminghamians are working hard to create a mobile app that will make it easier than ever to learn about Birmimgham’s industrial heritage.

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5 things you may not know about Birmingham’s LGBTQ history

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Alabamians at the 1993 March on Washington fighting for the LGBTQ community to have access to full legal equality in the U.S. Photo courtesy of Invisible Histories Project, donated by Rebecca Hacck

Although historians have focused their work on Gay American culture in cities such as San Fransisco and New York, the South has a rich history itself. In honor of October being national LGBTQ history month, we’ve highlighted pivotal events, people and organizations throughout Birmingham’s history with help from the Invisible Histories Project.

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3 influential Birmingham women and their involvement in women’s suffrage

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Women’s suffrage booth at state fair, Birmingham, Alabama, 1914. Photo via Alabama Department of Archives and History.

Nearly 100 years ago, Tennessee became the 36th State to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on August 18, 1920. On August 26th, the Nineteenth Amendment was officially adopted into the U.S. Constitution, marking the end of a three-generation struggle to for women’s right to vote. We took a look at three influential Alabama women and their mark on history.

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