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Thank you Birmingham!

blog by MCP Staff  •   •  

We’re sure going to miss you, but we know it’s time to say goodbye. 

Since 2010, Magic City Post has written 1,268 stories about the passionate people of Birmingham who are working to make a difference. Along the way, we got to know so many people working to make Birmingham a better place to live.  We loved every minute of those experiences. 

Magic City Original Recipes: Spring Peas and Carrots with Browned Butter

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Spring is in the air and with it comes a new season of produce. A trip to Pepper Place Market reveals stalls teaming with green topped onions, vine ripe Alabama strawberries and the most handsome carrots you’ve ever seen.

While we’ve become accustomed to “baby carrots” sold in bags in the grocery store, I’m quickly discovering that the varieties…

The Haps way: get social and give back to Birmingham

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The Haps, founded by local entrepreneurs Laura Hudson and Nicole Henderson, seeks to promote social interaction and Birmingham exploration through events ranging from skydiving and zip line tours to progressive dinners and cooking classes.

While many of the pop-up events are designed to be smaller, more intimate social gatherings (inasmuch as a…

Design Review: Avondale Brewing Company, Hop City and Social Venture on the upgrade list

blog by Rebecca Dobrinski  •   •  

The Design Review Committee closed the month with a short agenda featuring residential projects, patios, renovations, and (of course) signage.

Redmont Park Residential
Another Redmont Park residential renovation was considered by the committee this week. The owners had decided not to complete a previously approved project and decided to replace…

This weekend experience The Vagina Monologues!

blog by Rebecca Dobrinski  •   •  

One in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime.
One billion women violated is an atrocity.
One billion women dancing is a revolution.

For the first time in five years, The Vagina Monologues is returning to the UAB campus. Students and alumni will present Eve Ensler’s renowned play for two nights only. Proceeds from the…

Birmingham Police Department to host open house

blog by Mandy Shunnarah  •   •  

If you or your kids think police officers just sit in their cars eating doughnuts, then the Birmingham Police Department’s (BPD) open house is for you.

On Sat., April 27, 2013, the BPD will be hosting an open house. All are invited to attend and learn more about the services available to the community, as well as meet local officers. There…

Go muddin’ in Five Points South

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Drivers on 18th Avenue South should be wary, especially on rainy days.  Just below The Club and in the same area where trees were removed to make way for an unobstructed view of the city, Red Mountain is oozing onto the road and turning a two lane into a one laner. 

We’ll post more details as they become available, but since we might get…

Pet of the week: Marilyn

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Each week the Greater Birmingham Humane Society shares one of its adoptable pets. This week, meet Marilyn.

Age: 2 years
Gender: Spayed female
Breed: Terrier
Weight: 34 pounds
Color: Tan and white

Requirements: If you rent, be mindful that adopting a pet is a life-long commitment.  Renters are required to provide written approval from property…

March to honor BSC student’s contribution to the Civil Rights Movement

blog by Mandy Shunnarah  •   •  

On Wednesday, April 24, classes from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. have been canceled to honor BSC alumnus Marti Turnipseed.  As a student during the Civil Rights Movement, Turnipseed defied the BSC administration and participated in a lunch counter sit-in, making her the first white student in Birmingham to join the cause for equality.

The college…

Homegrown Comics and Cartoon event at Naked Art

blog by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark  •   •  

The Homegrown Comics and Cartoons event will host colorful works by Birmingham area comic artists, cartoonists, and writers. Local artists and writers will be selling comics, prints, and original artwork, this Friday at Naked Art Gallery in Forest Park. Meet familiar artists from the website of the Salty ‘Ham Cartooneestas [],…

Discover Birmingham releases new logo, expansion to come

blog by Mandy Shunnarah  •   •  

As a nursing student by day and Birmingham cheerleader by night, Antwon Ervin makes time for the city he loves in his busy schedule (he’s also a preacher).  Ervin loves Birmingham and writes about his adventures in the city on his website, Discover Birmingham.

“Discover Birmingham was born to address the people who say there’s nothing going…

Vulcan gets his annual physical today

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Birmingham’s most beloved statue will get his annual check-up today.  Workers from Robinson Iron in Alexander City will scale Vulcan and using ropes for safety, will check for rust and moisture.  They’ll also tighten Vulcan’s bolts if needed. 

Now 109 years old, Vulcan is the largest cast iron statue in the world, and the 7th tallest free…

Worldwide reading of Letter from a Birmingham Jail today

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50 years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. began writing one of the most important civil rights documents of all time from his Birmingham jail cell. 

Today, the Birmingham Public Library is sponsoring a worldwide celebration involving over 240 participants who have planned events to read the letter.  Participants in Cameroon, Australia,…

Blight to right in Five Points South

blog by Emily Lowrey  •   •  

I like to drive up to 18th Avenue South in Five Points on occasion to look at the city scape and contemplate how it’s changing.  Inevitably, I land on “Why have other cities solved some of the problems we haven’t even begun to recognize yet?” and for me that question always ties into how we as a community care for our buildings.

That’s especially…

Pet of the week: Clark

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It’s a bird!  It’s a plane!  It’s the Greater Birmingham Humane Society “Pet of the Week!”  Clark can sit and fetch at the speed of sound.  If you’re looking for a chick magnet, we hear Lois Lane’s pull off their glasses and toss out their hair when he steps even one paw into Railroad Park.  Treats are his kryptonite.  Fill Clark’s belly and your…

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Magic City Post will pause for a moment starting at 8:30am on Friday, December 21st in remembrance of victims of gun violence in Connecticut and also here in our own community. By the end of 2012, at least 56 Birminghamians will have died in gun-related homicides. We pray for peace, love and healing for all.