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Prize2TheFuture finalists announced, 9 from metro area

Prize2TheFuture logoThe Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham has announced the ten (10) finalists in their first ever Prize2TheFuture idea competition this evening. The online “community workshop” drew more than 1,100 entries from across the United States and 38 other countries, with the results below reached by a group of 38 judges headed up by lead Railroad Park designer Tom Leader.

The following is a list of the finalists as provided by CFGB; details for each are available by clicking here or on each title:

The Bazaar at Railroad Park, Jill Ceitlin, Washington, D.C. Inspired by the Terminal Station, The Bazaar description includes shops and restaurants featuring products that represent the best of the South, as well as a center for learning, using technology to explore the rich history of the Magic City.

Magic City Station, Grant Gramstad, team leader, with Dave Smith and Larry Hudson, Birmingham, Alabaster and Trussville. A three-part concept includes a space for shopping and dining that evokes images of railroad history, an entertainment venue using the curved ceiling as a screen and an environmentally responsible energy production system.

The Magic Wheel, Mandy Lamb Meredith, team leader, with Sharon Colgin and Anne-Laura Cook, Birmingham. A permanent custom Ferris Wheel serves as a visible landmark, surrounded by rail-car restaurants, art installations and bike-walking path leading from Railroad Park to Sloss Furnaces.

One Birmingham Place, Colin Coyne, Birmingham. Subtitled “an eight-part celebration of community and social re-engagement,” this multi-use facility has eight detailed sections, including a computer lab, performance venue, outdoor projection wall, café and “HUB” for collaboration between community organizations.

Parkside Market, John Gill, Birmingham. Inspired by traditional Parisian street markets, this proposal calls for a full-time, year-round facility including locally-owned and operated stores and cafes and featuring locally-grown foods and goods.

sPark: A Social Good Park & Project, Robert Thuston, team leader, with Richard Pigford Sr., Jay Pigford, Sean Palmer and Sarah Louise Smith, Birmingham and Clay. A social entrepreneurship program includes selection of participants for a one-year fellowship program that allows them to collaborate on ideas in a center that provides space for living and working and, at the end, to find funding for their ideas.

Stacks and Tracks, Joel Blackstock, team leader, with Stephen Allen, HB Brantley, Mark Elgin and Joel Eliason, Birmingham. A Ferris Wheel, water feature and light show highlight this idea, which also includes a residential/hotel component, retail/restaurant space, parking deck and pedestrian promenade along Powell Avenue.

The Station, James Ponseti, team leader, with Anthony Smith, Homewood. Year-round farmer and merchant’s market features interactive fountain and amphitheatre, linked around a railroad theme, with pedestrian-friendly access across 18th Street and heritage trail along paths linking Railroad Park and the Sloss Corridor.

THE STATION, Carol Misner, team leader, with Cherri Pitts, Birmingham. All-season marketplace, featuring local growers, artisans, chefs and musicians, an underground parking garage and outdoor amphitheater, features a “green” roof with landscaped walkway and seating, linked to Railroad Park by a bridge.

The Stockyard, Josh Westerhold, Birmingham. A public open-air plaza uses stackable re-purposed shipping containers and rail cars to shape a path leading from Railroad Park toward Sloss Furnaces and to provide seasonal space leases for food, arts, entertainment and offices.

The winner of the competition, and $50,000, will be announced at a public event on May 5 at the Alabama Theatre.

UPDATE: Have you found the Droid X yet?

UPDATE: Congrats to Alex Abenoja, who found the phone at the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame earlier today.

Apparently no one has found the phone yet, and that means it’s about to get very interesting here in Birmingham, AL.

Droid XLast week Verizon Wireless announced that 21 Droid X from Motorola phones had been hidden across the country. The phone is due to be released for sale to the general public tomorrow (July 15). Some of the clues that had been provided suggested that one of the phones is located right here in The Magic City. Here are the clues previously shared about phone #8:

  • Five days until Droid X designate #8 will be in a city built on steel. Droid X is built on 1Ghz processing power.
  • Workers here built the rocket that went to the moon. They might think Droid X designate #8 came back from there.
  • Droid X designate #8 doesn’t wish it was in Dixie. Or connect in hdmi. Because it’s already both.

Apparently there have also been latitude and longitude clues provided via Twitter (@droidlanding to be exact). Which also means that there will be a few folks wandering the metro area looking for a new free cool smartphone… maybe.

They’re getting ready to talk to us after all

UPDATE: Leon Redbone’s in town TONIGHT!

Leon RedboneUPDATE: Congratulations to James Gilbreath, our winner and thanks to those who participated.

One person at random will find out at 4 p.m. that they’ve got a chance to win two (2) tickets to see Leon Redbone live and in person in Birmingham’s Five Points South entertainment district. Sipsey Tavern is located at 1926 12th Ave. S (the former Bailey’s Pub location for those in the know).  I’ve got a feeling that you’ll recognize the voice behind the theme song to Mr. Belvedere (it’s the video linked here) and classic Saturday Night Live appearances among other things.

How do you enter? You’ve got to have a Twitter account and you’ve got until 3:30 p.m. CT to retweet the following for all to see:

Check out Leon Redbone @sipseytavern TONIGHT @ 8 pm http://bit.ly/cJwPhn – RT to win tickets from @bhamterminal #bham

Think of it as an early thank you for those of you who’ve visited the site.

BTW – A head’s up – it may not be up tomorrow.

In case you don’t win, limited tickets are still available for $40 each and they’re still available by phone (205.202.4116). Good luck! We’ll let you know who wins at 4 p.m. both here and on Twitter…

Photo: Courtesy of the venue. Taken by Nancy DePra

A Festivus gift for one of us

AirCurveWe’ve got this Griffin Technology AirCurve that we’ve been wanting to give away for some time now. The thought of doing it today just seems to make some sense. There’s no form to fill out or need to add your name to a mailing list. We’re just hoping that we’ll get a chance to see you today at The Bottletree.

Some folks are holding a Festivus tweetup this afternoon starting at 3 p.m. at the popular gathering spot and music venue. All we’re requiring is that you seek me out at said event and say “It’s Nice to Have You in Birmingham.”

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Vote for a Birmingham aha moment

aha moment logoNot sure if you remember back in June when the aha moment tour came to Birmingham, AL… Well, now they’ve posted the 75 semi-finalist videos on the project’s official website for consideration. We’ve got until October 15 to make sure that at least one of three videos filmed here in Birmingham is chosen as one of the top 25 finalists. The top 10 chosen from those finalists will be used in Mutual of Omaha’s 2010 television campaign. Thanks to Chris Osborne, one of the subjects of the three videos, for sharing the information earlier this month via Twitter.

Looks like we’ve got some videos to watch soon…

Vote for the Junction… cause it matters

Tuxedo Junction photoThe folks over at Main Street Birmingham (MSB) submitted a photo taken in front of the Nixon Building in Birmingham’s Ensley community as one of the 1,900 entries in this year’s National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Places That Matter Photo Contest. The photo is the latest piece in a campaign to raise funds for the renovation of the building into a cultural center for the community and the region.

Yesterday it was announced that the photo was picked to be one of the 12 finalists! You’ve got until October 9 to sign up and vote once-per-day for the photo.

MSB’s got additional instructions on their website as well as a rendering of what the completed project will look like when completed.

Just in case you’re interested, here’s the link to photos and descriptions of all the finalists.

Vote for America’s Favorite Farmers Market

marketlogoThe American Farmland Trust is conducting the America’s Favorite Farmers Markets contest and the Pepper Place Farmers Market is on the list to consider from Alabama. They’re inviting folks to “Let the world know you love your local farmers market” by voting. If you want to add any of the other farmers markets in the metro Birmingham area (or the state of Alabama) we think they wouldn’t mind. Plus, you help others know just how many options we’ve got around here too…