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Travelogue: Design*Sponge shares a guide to the city

Design*Sponge logoDesign*Sponge is a home and product website based out of Brooklyn, updated daily and run by Grace Booney. Considering the site averages 250,000 page views daily, a mention can potentially reach a rather large audience.

Today’s installment of their weekly City Guide column happens to be focused on Birmingham, AL and was contributed by Oxmoor House‘s Rachel West. It includes several popular spots for area residents. They’ve also been kind enough to include a link to Alabama Possible’s curated list of ways to help our region recover from the April 27 tornadoes.

It looks like a pretty exhaustive list, though we’re sure you may have some other suggestions – especially as some people have already added theirs to the mix on the post’s comments section. They’d probably be happy to hear from y’all too…

Are you ready to Trek Birmingham?

screenshot of TrekBirmingham.comA couple of weeks ago Birmingham-Southern College and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama joined forces with other organizations to launch a new website geared at makes residents and visitors to the city more aware of the opportunities around them to enjoy the state’s  natural environment.

TrekBirmingham.com was built by local design firm Scout Branding. The official release announcing the site’s launch back on May 10 points out that six locations are currently included in the project, with another four “treks” to be added in the next phase.

The site will take the opportunity to educate its captive audience about just how the city and its residents can and should relate to nature with maps showing things like the area’s geology and biodiversity, making the site an invaluable educational resource.

Introducing Birmingham365

Birmingham365 logoThe latest attempt to launch an all-inclusive online events calendar in the City of Birmingham has quietly launched as we start a new year.

There are a few people that already knew about Birmingham365.org, a partnership between the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham, the Birmingham Business Alliance and the city’s convention and visitors bureau, including those in attendance at last month’s BBA annual meeting, but the site was officially unveiled earlier this week.

It serves as a replacement for the Cultural Alliance’s ActiveCulture.info calendar (the old site’s URL redirects to the new one), with that organization serving as the site’s administrator. The site joins 31 others in the Artsopolis Network, a network that grew out of the development of the Arts Council of Silicon Valley’s website in California that is “dedicated to promoting Arts, Culture, and Entertainment in their communities.”

What are your first impressions of the new site?

United Way launches new online initiative

iamunited.org screenshotThe United Way of Central Alabama has launched a new online initiative inspired by the national organization’s long-running “Live United” campaign.

The new “I am United” website presents a new way for the UWCA to “promote opportunity and engagement among those who want to help” while leveraging Facebook accounts.

Visitors must log in using their Facebook account to fully engage with the site, allowing them to potentially cross-post ways they’re engaging in the community, earn badges to let others know about their level of participation and learn about volunteer opportunities via an events calendar. You’ll also be able to nominate “champions.”

It does not replace the organization’s official website, which currently reminds us that they reached their 2010 goal by raising more than $37.2 million. The organization has also re-branded their YouTube and Twitter profile accordingly.

New editor, website for Birmingham Weekly

Birmingham Weekly logoBirmingham Weekly has named a permanent replacement for former editor Glenny Brock, who left the paper earlier this year. Sam George is set to be formally introduced at the Weekly’s new managing editor next month; he posted this farewell to readers of bham.fm earlier today.

Media of Birmingham has an interview with Sam on their site. George most recently served as an editor and web designer for bham.fm. Some of you may also remember Sam as one of the original contributors to this website’s Timetable section.

His formal introduction in the print edition will coincide with a relaunch of the Weekly‘s website, possibly this Thursday. For those interested in a sneak peek, we’ve been able to secure a screenshot of the redesigned website.

Wanna be a hipster in Birmingham?

Hipster Crowd. E. Bartholomew/Flickr FreeThinkBham has posted a Hipster’s Guide to Birmingham, AL on their website to help transplants… well, let’s use their words:

“I want people new to the Birmingham area or having to move here (god bless you) to have an easy way of finding out where to hang, drink, meet people, whatever.”

They’re inviting folks to comment and add on to their list as well, so how about heading over there and doing just that. It also wouldn’t be fair to not give a hat tip to A Trip Down South for bringing FreeThinkBham’s post to this site’s attention.

Photo: Hipster Crowd. E. Bartholomew/Flickr

Election ’09: Now the work begins

I voted stickerThe people have spoken (well, only about 14.5% have – and that’s with the storm holding off until late last night – but that’s besides the point) and we now have a new Birmingham City Council ready to take office in late November. Last night’s runoff elections for the Council and school board seats were definitely interesting and led to some great discussions on Birmingham Weekly’s live blog coverage. Meanwhile, Wade on Birmingham provided a rundown of who ended up where as a result of yesterday’s activities. The Birmingham News reminds us this morning about the most closely watched of the races – the one involving City Council President Carole Smitherman and Citizens Advisory Board president Sheila Tyson.

Of course, if you want a recap of exactly how it went down, check out BhamWiki’s page on the election.