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Parking rates go up today in Birmingham

Folks looking for a parking space around Birmingham today may notice that it will most likely be costing them a little more to do so. Last week The Birmingham News reported that parking rates are going up; city officials hope that new parking meter mechanisms will be installed by the end of the year allowing them to double parking fees at 30 minute, 2-hour and 3-hour meters. Municipal parking deck and lot charges in the city center and at the airport will also be going up starting today. Don’t forget that parking ticket rates went up last year, with last July serving as the first of two months of amnesty for those with unpaid citations.

Photo: André Natta/bhamterminal.com

Hunting for hidden treasure in Birmingham

levyslogoScott Register (of Reg’s Coffee House fame) let folks in on a little secret around metro Birmingham today via his Facebook account. Apparently Levy’s Jewelers… we’ll just let you read it as Reg wrote it:

“…They cleaned out a bunch of nice jewelry that was stuck in inventory, wrapped it up in their signature silver boxes & blue ribbons and randomly hid them all over Birmingham. Finders Keepers so to speak…

According to the comments in the Facebook status, they’ve hidden one silver box tied with a piece of blue ribbon for each of the years they’ve been in business (87 in all) everywhere from groceries to hospitals and everywhere in between. Sounds like a fun scavenger hunt to us.

UPDATE: The Mayor speaks at the ONB Breakfast Briefing

This morning Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford speaks to a crowded room at the Harbert Center to review progress on various projects taking place in the City. He has already spoken about the loss of common sense in the city as well as the city’s new 3D map, focused on Birmingham’s City Center. There has also been a presentation of the DVD created to make the case for the funding of the Birmingham Zoo’s expansion.

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Langford to suggest support for zoo expansion

Trails of Africa logoThis morning during Mayor Langford‘s  comments to the Birmingham City Council, he announced plans to present a proposed redevelopment agreement to councilors next week that would allow the Birmingham Zoo to begin work on its long planned expansion called Trails of Africa.

The mayor reported that the zoo, which is currently the state of Alabama’s #1 tourist attraction, has already raised more than $6 million for the 14-acre expansion but needs additional financial support to make it a reality. A report in The Birmingham News from September 2007 had zoo officials estimating the overall cost of the project at $15 million.

The City of Birmingham owns the zoo, but the property is operated by an independent 501©3 organization.

Image: Courtesy of Birmingham Zoo website

Food bank collection campaign announced

Mayor Langford publicly thanked the city’s employees for the tons (literally) of food that were collected for Haiti recently during his weekly report to the City Council this morning. He then publicly challenged Birmingham’s citizens to do the same for people in their own communities, asking the City Council to declare November 5, 6 and 7 as the dates for a citywide food collection drive and then challenging them and the local business community to match a $10,000 donation from the mayor’s office for the area food banks. The council immediately stepped up to the place.

So after you’ve finished voting for your candidate on Election Day, start preparing to bring non-perishable food items to various locations once details are announced by the mayor’s office.

There may be a city budget tomorrow (maybe)

It’s somewhat fitting that on Bastille Day, it looks like we’re about to see some fireworks coming from City Hall here in Birmingham, AL. That’s because late last night the Birmingham City Council announced that they would meet with representatives from Mayor Langford’s office to go over their latest budget proposal later today.

They also announced that they would be removing most of the mayor’s initiatives from the draft budget and  unanimously not accepting $1 million per councilor in discretionary funding promised to them by Langford during last year’s mayoral campaign. These moves could be because of reports that the tax increases enacted early during Langford’s term have not collected as much as first hoped.