Tuesday, August 5, 2014

In-depth wonky studies on health benefits of urban vegetation and green space

Health benefits of urban vegetation and green space: Research roundup Journalist's Resource: Research for Reporting, from Harvard Shorenstein Center:



From one of the studies:

Individuals have both lower mental distress and higher well being when living in urban areas with more green space. Although effects at the individual level were small, the potential cumulative benefit at the community level highlights the importance of policies to protect and promote urban green spaces for well-being.”

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Watch Muscle Shoals Online | Netflix

The Muscle Shoals Documentary is now on Netflix. 
Available other places as well. 
Watch now. 
Watch Muscle Shoals Online | Netflix

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Pageant King of Alabama - NYTimes.com

New York Times on Andalusia lawyer who's become the a top beauty pageant consultant.



The Pageant King of Alabama - NYTimes.com: For this, he charges $125 an hour. And hundreds of aspiring beauty queens pay up. They call, text, Skype, even drive to his home in Andalusia, Ala., because Alverson is one of the most successful beauty-pageant coaches in America today.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Steel Magnolia -- National Geographic Traveler

National Geographic Traveler stops in Birmingham:





Steel Magnolia -- National Geographic Traveler: I’ve found a modern city that has retained its pace and charm, one with many of the accoutrements and attitudes of the New South but without the shiny facelessness common to too many cities around the region. You can do a billion-dollar banking deal in Birmingham. But you can also still eat at Niki’s.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Saw's BBQ in Homewood is No. 1 on Paula Deen magazine's list of 10 best barbecue places in America | AL.com

Via al.com's Bob Carlton:



Saw's BBQ in Homewood is No. 1 on Paula Deen magazine's list of 10 best barbecue places in America | AL.com: Saw's BBQ is No. 1 with Paula Deen, y'all.

The popular Homewood barbecue joint tops the list of "The Best Barbecue Across America" that appears in the July-August issue of Cooking with Paula Deen magazine, which is available on newsstands now.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Alabama Second "tightest" state

Washington Post piece on academic paper which looks at the contrasting views among the various states and how they are shaped.



"How “tightness” vs “looseness” explains the U.S. political map: Professors Jesse R. Harrington and Michele J. Gelfand studied "the degree to which social entities are 'tight' (have many strongly enforced rules and little tolerance for deviance) Aversus 'loose' (have few strongly enforced rules and greater tolerance for deviance)" and then produced a ranking of each state from tightest to loosest. (Among the various characteristics they used to define "tight" or "loose" included the use of corporal punishment in schools, the rate of executions, access to alcohol and the legality of same sex unions. You can read the full paper here.)

Friday, May 23, 2014

Rotary Trail in Context

In case you've been wondering what is happening in the Railroad Cut along First Avenue South, the Rotary Trail is in now under construction.



In case you missed it, here is a nice update of the project in context. It was written by Phillip Ratliff for B-Metro.



Excerpt:

In the coming months, a cadre of funders and designers will transform the cut into a gorgeous, and hopefully thriving, pedestrian pathway.

Birmingham’s Rotary Club chapter is spearheading the project, which has an estimated cost of $3.5 million, through a competitive process marking their centennial. When completed (it has an estimated completion date of spring 2015), the Rotary Trail, as it will be called, will anchor new development and provide a crucial segment in the city’s extensive network of bike lanes and pedestrian walkways.

Monday, May 12, 2014

'Eating Alabama' wins James Beard Foundation Award for best special/documentary | AL.com

'Eating Alabama' wins James Beard Foundation Award for best special/documentary | AL.com: “Eating Alabama” won one of the Beard Foundation’s Broadcast and New Media Awards for television, webcast and radio programs that aired in 2013.



If you haven't already track down a copy of Eating Alabama. It's funny and poignant and thoughtful.

It's on Amazon or iTunes.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Birmingham Pizza in New York Magazine's Grub Street Column


Post Office Pies in Avondale is getting attention. Al.com's Bob Carlton, who has been writing about the project, noted this week that Pies was featured on a New York Magazine food blog called Grub Street.   


Monday, April 21, 2014

National Rail Trail Magazine features Red Mountain Park


The development of Birmingham's Red Mountain Park is featured in the summer issue of Rails to Trails, a national publication of the Rail-To-Trails Conservancy.
Red Mountain Park has over 10 miles of trail now and is on the verge of adding more. A good portion of that trail system follows the beds of the railroads that once transported iron ore from the mountainside mines to the furnaces in the valley.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Doggie Work Day at Red Mountain Park

Calling at dogs.
(and owners)
If you want to feel like you have a hand in making the world a little better place for your canine companion, come out to Red Mountain Park on Saturday morning and help build Remy's Dog Park, a six acre, off leash dog park coming soon to the 1,200 acre park off Lakeshore Parkway in the Oxmoor Valley.
 Share with friends.Get the word out.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Cahaba River Society Canoe Trip Schedule Posted

The Cahaba River Society has just released its 2014 schedule of guided trips and other fun events.


River trips begin in April and continue into the fall. See the Cahaba lilies between May and June. Take a moonlight float in the summer or explore parts south: the oxbow lakes in Perry County and the river's end at Old Cahawba State Archaeological Park.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Southern Wonder book signing at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens



One of my favorite Christmas presents has been the new book from Birmingham-Southern College professor Scot Duncan, Southern Wonder: Alabama's Surprising Biodiversity.

Duncan will be talking about the book and signing copies tomorrow night, Thursday, February 6, from 6–8 p.m. at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens – Ireland Room.

This book includes gorgeous pictures, detailed maps and deep-diving science describing Alabama's geology, biology and ecology from the coast to the mountaintops. 


 Here's more from the Gardens release:

The State of Alabama ranks 5th nationally in biodiversity. Dr. Duncan takes us on a journey through Alabama with insightful prose and 132 beautiful color illustrations. "Southern Wonder" explores the coastal dunes of the Gulf of Mexico to the Tennessee River Valley; interweaves ecology, meteorology, evolution, and geology; and introduces species found only in Alabama, including the cave salamander and the beach mouse. Dr. Duncan’s book has already been hailed by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and naturalist Edward O. Wilson as “one of the most important books ever written about Alabama … a call to Alabama’s people to treasure and protect the state’s living heritage.”

Dr. R. Scot Duncan is an Associate Professor of Biology and Urban Environmental Studies at Birmingham-Southern College. Though he has worked in Uganda, Antarctica and Latin America, he is currently studying endangered species and ecosystems in Alabama, including the Ketona dolomite glades, montane Longleaf Pine woodlands and the Watercress Darter.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Renata Adler on the March to Montgomery : The New Yorker

Nice piece for MLK Day.



Renata Adler on the March to Montgomery : The New Yorker: Adler resists the impulse to write about the march as myth. Instead, she shows how things are a little disorganized.



Having covered many reenactments of the bridge crossing, I'm glad the "disorganized" character of the original march was consistent with the original.


Saturday, January 18, 2014

TrekBirmingham and Shades Creek


Our friends at TrekBirmingham have released another update to their burgeoning collection of outdoor destination explications.

The latest addition is a behind the scenes tour of the Shades Creek Greenway, the walking and biking train the runs along the creek banks and Lakeshore Parkway in Homewood.

As always, the TrekBirmingham exploration goes below the surface we see as we amble along, delving deeper to explain the geology, ecology, and history of your everyday surroundings. Such as:

Where was the lake that gave Lakeshore Parkway its name?
How to wade the creek and find hog suckers, stonerollers, and shiners.

And for more options and other destinations check out the TrekBirmingham homepage.