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Good thing we saved the fire station in July…

Surveying Engine No. 22No, there’s nothing new to report about the status of the former Fire Engine No. 22. located at the edge of the city’s Forest Park and Highland Park neighborhoods. We haven’t heard much about the structure since the approval of its sale to developers who want to open a Walgreens location on the site by the Birmingham City Council.

The agreement moved forward with the provision that if the structure, included on the National Register of Historic Places, could not be saved and used in the project, it would be abandoned.

One of the reasons that the proposed agreement was considered a success was because of a compromise reached due to an agreement between several national drug store chains and the National Trust for Historic Preservation dating from 2000. The fight to save the building was led by local groups including I Believe in Birmingham. Continue reading

We’re in Memphis today for BarCamp

Trolleys in Memphis. acnatta/Flickr

Yes, you read that correctly. A better way to say it is that I’m in Memphis, TN today to be part of a community blogging panel discussion with Elizabeth Lemmonds of Memphis Connect and Morgan Levy and Christy Frink of Nashvillest at this year’s BarCamp Memphis.

If you’re interested in seeing what’s going on at the conference today and you’re on Twitter, look for the hashtag #bcmem. There’s also a Posterous site set up and I’m assuming that the session will be live streaming starting at 1 p.m. CT – it’s supposed to be on the Room 106 feed.

Photo: Trolleys in Memphis. acnatta/Flickr

New Coke bottles invade the Magic City

Image of new Coca Cola contoured 2-liter bottle.Our local Coca Cola bottler was chosen to distribute the first of the new 2-liter bottles for the classic soft drink. The new bottle design references its famous glass contour bottles. According to the press release, Birmingham and Chattanooga were chosen to introduce the easier to hold and pour bottles because of “their longstanding loyalty to Coca-Cola and the strength of their local Coca-Cola bottler, Coca-Cola United.”

As part of the new bottle roll-out, we should be noticing a new advertising campaign in the near future. Those that visit the McWane Science Center here in the Magic City will also notice contour-shaped recycling bins given by the company to support a larger recycling initiative.

The release also says that you should expect that some of the other 2-liter bottle designs have changed when you visit the grocery this week.