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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Breaking: “Black Lives Matter” street mural coming to 1st Avenue South by Railroad Park

Soon, a massive Black Lives Matter mural will adorn the streets of Birmingham. Photo via Khalid Naji-Allah/Executive Office of the Mayor via AP

Inspired by the work of artists in Washington, D.C., the co-founder of Black Lives Matter Birmingham Cara McClure and local artists are planning a massive “Black Lives Matter” street mural to go beside Railroad Park on 1st Avenue South between 16th and 17th Streets. And what’s more, McClure and the artists aim to complete the mural by this Saturday. Here is what we know so far.

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Local deals from Pella + more home services in Birmingham to get your home in shape

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From plumbing and pest control to painters and pressure washers, these local businesses need your support! Photo via Unsplash

Spending so much time indoors means finally having enough time to notice all of the areas inside and outside of your home that need a bit of fixing. If you’re not equipped to DIY your home improvements, here are some local Birmingham businesses you can call for a helping hand with Google ratings of 4 stars or more!

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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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New Birmingham parking deck will bring over 700 parking spaces to downtown

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Say hello to over 700 more parking spaces in downtown Birmingham. Photo via Birmingham Business Journal courtesy of Fifth Dimension Architecture & Interiors.

Parking—it’s a headache sometimes. Now that downtown Birmingham is bustling with new business, restaurants, apartments and hotels, where are we going to park? Well, we’re just in luck. The city’s Design Review Committee just gave the thumbs up for a new parking deck downtown and we’ve got the scoop.

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Check out these eerie Birmingham sites that’ll give you goosebumps

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I can personally say I’ve had a paranormal experience at Sloss. Photo via Brad Mitchell on Trover.

I’ve always had a fascination with the unknown and unexplainable. What better day than Friday the 13th to explore just that in a city with a rich history and eccentric cultures. Check out these 5 places in Birmingham that’ll give you goosebumps.

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3 things you need to know about the EPA’s soil cleanup in N Birmingham

Meet Keisha Brown. She lives in the Harriman Park neighborhood that’s been declared part of the North Birmingham Superfund Site. Photo via Kimberly Chandler for NBC News.

Back in 2012, the Environmental Protection Agency designated neighborhoods in the vicinity of 35th Avenue North as a Superfund Site. Areas that once thrived with industry turned out to have contaminated soil.

After a long delay, city leaders and the EPA have begun the cleanup process in North Birmingham. You can help spread the word.

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Birmingham demands data analysts–here’s how Innovate Birmingham is filling the gap

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Haley Kendrick, director of Innovate Birmingham. Photo courtesy of Innovate Birmingham

Whether it’s sales figures, market research, logistics or more, every business is increasingly driven by data and analytics. However, that data is only valuable when an analyst deciphers it into plain English.

As demand for data analysts grows, Innovate Birmingham is dedicated to fostering tech talent right here in Birmingham. See how you could start a career in data analytics with a big pay bump!

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What’s open and what’s closed in Birmingham on Presidents Day, Feb. 17, 2020

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Presidents Day a.k.a an excuse to explore the Magic City. Photo via timeanddate.com

Presidents Day is this Monday, February 17. It’s officially called “Washington’s Birthday” to commemorate George Washington, the first U.S. president. So, how does this impact your Monday in Birmingham?  Keep reading to find out.

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Everything BUT king cake. Check out 5 Mardi Gras-inspired treats in Birmingham

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With a double shot of espresso, sanding sugar to make the festive design, and a little drizzle of caramel on top, you’ll be partying all night after this drink. Photo via Heritage Coffee’s Facebook.

Although Birmingham has several bakeries that specialize in king cakes, here are a handful of Mardi Gras–themed desserts from local bakeries that like to shake things up. From lattes to stuffed French toast, Birmingham has some king cake recipes that will surprise you.

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Leap Year Art Bash, Birmingham’s most eccentric party, Feb. 29 at Sloss Docks

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Portraits by award-winning, Liesa Cole, at the Art Bash. Photo via Magic City Art Connection.

Let’s begin the decade by being a little extra or out of the box. Immerse yourself in a one-night-only party at Eccentricities: A Leap Year Art Bash on February 29, 2020 from 7 PM to 10 PM. This art-filled experience will encourage you to take that much-needed leap.

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Your guide to Black History Month in Birmingham, including events and where to visit

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The Aeolians of Oakwood University will perform at the Alys Stephens Center on Feb.9. Photo via The Aeolians’ Facebook.

In the middle of the 20th century, Birmingham rose to national and international fame as the center of the Civil Rights Movement. Through the efforts of Civil Rights leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Birmingham’s own Fred Shuttlesworth, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 made all men equal in the eyes of the law. During Black History Month, we honor these leaders and more for their struggle toward equality. Here are must-see places and events you should check out in Birmingham during Black History Month. 

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Update: Birmingham resident, Sydney Hightower, a front-runner on “The Bachelor”

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Sydney deserves a trophy just for making it through the first rose ceremony, which starts at night and leads into the morning hours. Photo via Refinery29, courtesy of ABC.

By now, you’ve heard Syndey Hightower, Birmingham resident, is on ABC’s insanely popular reality TV show, “The Bachelor.” Now, take a look at how she’s doing after making it through three rose ceremonies.

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Cousins Maine Lobster—Shark Tank success—is bringing its food truck to Avondale THIS Sunday, Jan.19!

 Co-owners of Cousins Maine Lobster, Sabin Lomac and Jim Tselikis, smiling alongside their biggest supporter—business mogul Barbara Corcoran. Photo via Cousins Maine Lobster’s press kit.

*Que Shark Tank introduction music* Ever wanted to taste Cousins Maine Lobster for yourself after seeing them on Shark Tank? Now you can! Come out to Avondale Brewing Co. this Sunday from 2PM-7PM and try the food that led Barbara Corcoran to offer the business a $55,000 deal.

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4 ways the BIG Partnership aims to improve your life and attract investors to Birmingham

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Big things are in store for our Magic City. Picture by Jon Eastwood for BhamNow.

The city of Birmingham has made major strides these past few years. There’s no denying that big things are coming to the Magic City!

Last year, Mayor Randall Woodfin introduced the city to the Birmingham Inclusive Growth (BIG) Partnership. This city-inspired, community-focused initiative aims to improve the quality of residents’ lives and produce tangible returns for investors.

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