New “Shared Space Permit” allows restaurants to expand services to sidewalk due to COVID-19

Restaurants are now able to expand their service beyond their walls. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

On Tuesday, August 11, the Birmingham City Council voted to approve a “Shared Spaces Permit” ordinance that will allow restaurants to expand their seating to sidewalks and parking spaces in order to comply with social distancing requirements.

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Birmingham City Council considers ordinance that prevents inhumane treatment of animals

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Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Update: The Birmingham City Council passed the dog tethering ordinance unanimously.

The Birmingham City Council is considering at its Tuesday, July 21st meeting, a proposal that would amend the city’s code to prevent animals from being inhumanely tethered.

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5 Birmingham neighborhoods slated to participate in new pilot recycling program

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Are you ready to recycle Birmingham? A new pilot recycling program called City Haul is about to be launched on April 1, 2020. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Here is a piece of Birmingham history trivia.  When was the first curbside recycling program launched in the Magic City?

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Years in the making: Birmingham’s Clairmont Avenue Walking Trail is officially open

Ribbon Cutting at the Clairmont Avenue Walking Trail on July 13, 2019. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Birmingham’s Clairmont Avenue Trail in the Crestwood South Neighborhood officially opened this morning with a ribbon cutting, speeches by local leaders and music by the Crestwood Community Band.

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Alexander appointed to fill Birmingham’s District 7 seat. Parker named pro-tem. Council seeking 2 additional applicants.

Wardine Alexander sworn in as the new District 7 City Councilor. Photo by Kristina O’Quinn

Earlier this week, former Birmingham Board of Education President Wardine Alexander was appointed to fill the District 7 Birmingham City Council seat vacated by Jay Roberson in September. After Alexander’s approval, Birmingham City Councilor William Parker was voted in to take the reins as President Pro Tempore on the city council.

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Sights and scenes from the Birmingham Christmas tree lighting ceremony

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Birmingham’s 2017 Christmas tree at Linn Park in front of City Hall

Continuing a tradition that started in the late 1940s, Birmingham held its annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony last night. At around 5:30pm, the mayor pulled the switch that unveiled a beautiful sparkling  35 foot tree  at Linn Park in front of several hundred people, including the city council and most importantly Santa Claus.

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District 8, you are up to bat! Here’s an interview with candidate Adlai M. Trone.

With a little over a month away until Birmingham’s municipal elections, public engagement is finally starting to ramp up. This is good, people! Let’s get to know a District 8 candidate today.

Adlai M. Trone wants to focus on neighborhood neglect, economic opportunities and crime.

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Adlai M. Trone, via Facebook

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He wants to change the way we do business in Birmingham. District 5, meet Charles Ball.

It’s time to start paying attention to municipal election candidates, Birmingham! City council, school board and mayoral candidates will be able to officially qualify for the election beginning this Friday, June 23. Qualifying will last for two weeks, and the election will be held on August 22.

Today, let’s get to know more about Charles Ball. He’s running in District 5.

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Charles Ball, submitted photo

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North Birmingham wants you back!

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The current library in Pratt City, built after the 2014 tornadoes – via wbrc.com

Ever since Avondale Brewery opened, Birmingham has really sprung back – our city even plays host to a blog celebrating this, Comeback Town! As more and more people find that they want to live in our city, it’s important to ask the question, “how much will our cost of living increase?” Thanks to a rezoning effort in north Birmingham, housing could stay affordable, and our community could grow even more! Continue reading “North Birmingham wants you back!”