The latest group of 14 honorees — people making what Black called “Vulcan-like contributions” to their communities, chosen by an independent citizens panel — were announced in late September. Read more

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Photo by Frank Couch.

The Storyteller, in which a ram-headed figure is reading to a flock of different kinds of animals, is the sculptor’s best-known work, something that he couldn’t have even dreamed of as a child in Bear Creek, a small community in northwest Alabama. Read more

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Photo by Jesse Chambers.

Woodlawn’s revitalization continues with construction of a 12-unit, single-family residential development called The Cottages at Wood Station on 59th Street South near Georgia Road. Read more



Photo by Jesse Chambers.

East Lake United Methodist Church wants to create spaces to make community happen, said the Rev. Sally Allocca, the historic church’s senior pastor. Read more

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The Forest Park and South Avondale neighborhoods have been awarded a streetscape grant that will pay for much-needed improvements on Clairmont Avenue in Forest Park Village and the 41st Street South commercial corridor in Avondale. Read more

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Photo courtesy of Mazy Holiday.

Mazy Holiday, a Forest Park resident and successful designer of innovative, sustainable consumer products, also has a background in sculpture. Read more

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Continued lack of rain as well as above-normal temperatures have exacerbated the already extreme drought conditions. Read more

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Photo courtesy of Andrew Coleman of the Birmingham Audubon Society.

Avondale Park’s rose garden, planted in 1915, has a rich history and recently gained a new purpose. Read more


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Photo by Tara Massouleh.

When Josh Kirk was 16 years old, he was forced to move out of his house in Mount Olive, Alabama. The house, built in 1932, belonged to his grandparents. Read more

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Photo by Jesse Chambers.

Sam Pokhrel, co-owner of Chai Market on Southside, is proud of his store’s heritage. Read more

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Photo courtesy of UAB.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is now home to the largest solar-energy system in the Magic City. Read more

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Photo courtesy of the Alabama Waldorf School.

With its recent move, the Alabama Waldorf School in Birmingham is in a better position to educate children with its holistic approach. Read more



Photo by Erica Techo.

In Orthodox Judaism, there is a year of mourning after someone dies. Read more

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Photo by Jesse Chambers.

The old commercial strip in the East Lake neighborhood is being revived after decades of neglect ― especially the 7600 block of First Avenue North ― and the arts are definitely playing a part. Read more

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Photo courtesy of Birmingham Public Library.

The Birmingham Public Library has expanded an innovative after-school program designed to help local high-school students pursue technology careers using a $50,000 Community Impact Grant from the UAB Benevolent Fund governed by university employees. Read more



Photo courtesy of the Junior League of Birmingham.

For the 11th year in a row, the Junior League of Birmingham will hold its Shop Save & Share fundraiser in late October. Read more

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Photo by Sydney Cromwell.

That dusty, neglected bicycle sitting in the garage isn’t done being useful yet. Doug Brown wants to collect those unused bikes and match them with a brand new owner at the Recyclery, which opened in August near Old Car Heaven. Read more



Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity.

One week may not seem like enough time to complete construction on one brand-new house — let alone a baker’s dozen. Read more

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Photo by Tara Massouleh.

After serving Birmingham for 23 years, Better Basics has finally joined the downtown community. Read more



Photo by Tara Massouleh.

In late August, community members had multiple meetings to discuss and learn more about the proposed Birmingham Bus Rapid Transit Project. Read more