People are starving for information about this city. This is true whether you’ve grown up here or if you’ve decided to make this your home for a little while. The result is several websites beginning to sprout up feeding this need for information. Two sites in particular are beginning to receive additional attention as a result of their efforts.
Bhamwiki.com recently celebrated its first anniversary in March. Created by John Morse as part of The Project to Document the Birmingham Distirct, the site currently contains some 2,320 articles about Birmingham, Alabama and the surrounding region. The project also includes the Magic City Flickr Group, a group of photographers that have taken on the task of documenting the city one image at a time. The Flickr Group currently has more than 240 members submitting their photos to the online photo service. The Terminal currently uses Bhamwiki as a resource for link information about people and places in the region. We are also finalizing a column that will provide visitors to The Terminal with a slice of Birmingham history every day.
According to their MySpace page, BirminghamWhoKnew.com is the result of eight mid-level managers thinking of a project for the Regional Chamber’s Project Corporate Leadership. This site also focuses on Birmingham’s past and present, with a particular focus on famous people and places in the city.
The future of the sites depend on how they’re used and their reception within the community. Hopefully both will find their place in the city. Check them out and decide for yourself.