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Mountain Brook Inn comes down

 Mountain Brook Inn razing begins

Mountain Brook Inn being demolished today. leadingzero/twitpic

The wrecking ball (or crane as the case may be) appears to be providing evening rush hour drivers along U.S. Highway 280 with a show – in the form of the demolition of the Mountain Brook Inn. According to this story published on April 10 in The Birmingham News, the demolition is scheduled to take approximately eight weeks.

Thanks to @leadingzero for the use of the image; you can also check out this post on BirminghamDome to learn more about the known plans for the property (as well as that author’s thoughts about it’s place in Birmingham’s current development scheme).

Babec, zoo favorite, euthanized

Babec the Gorilla - courtesy of Birmingham ZooFor those that have not yet heard, Babec, a gorilla in residence at the Birmingham Zoo and famous for being the first zoo animal to receive a pacemaker, was euthanized this earlier today. The Western Lowland gorilla was 27 years old.

According to reports published on both The Birmingham News and NBC 13 websites, he had been showing signs of discomfort in recent weeks, including loss of appetite.

Random Shots: Parliament House Hotel update

Parliament House Hotel

Bob Farley/f8photo

Since the Parliament House Motor Hotel came down on February 17, workers have been slowly clearing away the rubble. Here a wroker tries to keep the dust down by spraying water on debris being loaded onto to trucks.

Saving our Water, Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Saving our Water offers business leaders, government officials, planners, developers, builders, architects, building owners and interested citizens an excellent opportunity to explore the expanding water needs of the Birmingham region and how to sensibly meet these needs through planning for sustainability, conservation and cooperation.

It’s also a great chance to learn more about the Green Resource Center for Alabama, the organization organizing the event.

Click here to view the flier on their website.

Cost: Free

Birmingham Botanical Gardens
2612 Park Lane Road (directions)

Street closings for Sunday’s Parliament House Hotel implosion

We have just learned what streets will be closed in advance of tomorrow’s scheduled implosion of the Parliament House Hotel.

Birmingham Police Department will be closing the following streets at approximately 5 a.m. Sunday morning.

20th Street South from 3rd Avenue to 6th Avenue South;

4th Avenue South from 19th Street to 21st Street South;

5th Avenue South from 19th Street to 21st Street South.

The implosion will not take place if there is severe wind or heavy rain. It’s scheduled to happen at 7 a.m. Weather forecast models suggest that the event will be finished in advance of severe weather currently expected to reach town by lunchtime tomorrow.

23rd Annual ONB St. Patrick’s Day Parade, downtown Birmingham

This year’s edition, as always, will travel from Five Points South and make its way to Linn Park along the Birmingham Green. It may also be a little more sci-fi than normal, since Omegacon, one of the largest sci-fi conventions in the southeast, will be in town and will march in the parade!

An unbelievable cast of sci-fi, horror and fantasy costumers will join in this year’s parade. From wookies to warlocks and Star Troopers to star ships, this will be one impressive cast of characters. Businesses and organizations that think they’d like to join the already impressive list of Birmingham area participants taking part in this year’s parade, please do.

For more information or to confirm your participation, call parade coordinator Linda Watts at 328-3595, ext. 106.

Cost: FREE

Birmingham Green (2oth Street) from Five Points South to Linn Park (Park Place)

UPDATE: Coming Sunday: Parliament House implosion pics

UPDATE: 2.17.2008 – Images are up

UPDATE: 2.16.2008 – Street closing information

Razing the Parliament House

Bob Farley/f8photo

As many of you already know, the Parliament House Hotel is being imploded on Sunday morning at 7 a.m., weather permitting. Check in with us on Sunday morning after 8 a.m. to see pictures from this unique event. You can bookmark this page as we’ll have a link from here to the gallery.