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Old Posted Aug 12, 2005, 5:39 PM
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Just saw a new poll out on the Most Liberal Cities in the US. Birmingham came in at #19. Detroit was #1.
The poll was conducted by the Bay Area Center for Voting Research:

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Recent News:

View the complete list of America's 237 most liberal and
conservative cities.

New Study Ranks America's Most Liberal and Conservative
Cities - August 11, 2005

New Study Finds Bay Area Most Liberal Region in America -
August 11, 2005

Study Finds So Cal Cities Among the Most Conservative in
America; Bay Area Most Liberal - August 11, 2005

Op ed: Being Liberal Now Means Being African American -
August 11, 2005
The title of that latter editorial may hold a clue...
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Old Posted Aug 14, 2005, 8:38 PM
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And those damn message boards have got to go if they are gonna use them.
They do use them...when there is an ozone alert.

I am a surveyor and a lot of times I am working on I-65 between Alabaster and the Shelby County Airport, and those overhead signs are never used to inform motorists that surveyors are ahead and may be crossing traffic lanes, even though we call ALDOT when we arrive to the job and when we leave. We are provided with smaller portable message signs to inform motorists of our presence, but the big overhead signs either blink or say something about the ozone alert.

Maybe when Birmingham gets a traffic center those signs can be put to good use. A large part of the ITS improvements have not been constructed yet.
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Old Posted Aug 16, 2005, 9:54 PM
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What do you guys think of the MLS (Major League Soccer)? Not necessarily to do with B'ham but the whole league in general. Just a fad or possibly a real viable and marketable product in the U.S.? I'm not too sure about it myself. Talk amongst yourselves.
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Old Posted Aug 17, 2005, 2:25 AM
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I was going through a forum photo thread that was mostly Southside pictures. I can't remember who snapped them, but the thread must have had a hundred photos of Southside/UAB/Highland Park. A couple of the photos were awesome... until you see the dangling lines and rusty transformers. It was gritty as hell.

Perhaps I've become to accustomed to D.C., where the utilities are for the most part buried in all of the neighborhoods.
Sounds like one of LSyd's threads. He's a big fan of grit and probably included those "dangling lines and rusty transformers" on purpose whereas another photographer might try to avoid photographing that kind of stuff if at all possible.
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probably is mine. oh no, power lines and rusty transformers, how sad and gritty.

i'd love to see buried utilities, but oh well.

this thread?

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Old Posted Aug 17, 2005, 2:35 AM
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and oh yeah, i'm getting excited about returning to the ham. hopefully there'll be some construction around my area of highland park to watch, and something showing on the st. vincent's expansion, and city fed lit and glowing.

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Old Posted Aug 17, 2005, 3:13 AM
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Minor bit of news : WVUA 23/7 TV out of Tuscaloosa plans to expand to the Birmingham market, possibly as soon as October 1.
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Old Posted Aug 17, 2005, 1:07 PM
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With what network? Aren't they PAX right now? Are they going to cover Birmingham area news?

Can you divulge your source?
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Old Posted Aug 17, 2005, 1:32 PM
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They were PAX, but are now independent.
http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/apps/p...73217532388339

As far as I know, their local news show will continue to focus on West AL, but some of the original programs should carry wider interest. Some of the shows they produce now are Tommy Wilcox Outdoors (which is replayed on Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast (CSS) ) and Tider Insider TV. They're also adding a weekly fashion program, and casting for a co-host has been extended to Sept. 7 : http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/apps/p...8004/-1/wvua13

Since they have such a strong focus on community-based programming, it would be interesting if someone from Birmingham worked with them to create an "Urban Alabama" show, showcasing the sort of things we see on this forum :
new economic developments, transit, urban architecture, etc.
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Old Posted Aug 17, 2005, 8:56 PM
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Hey, can anyone access the Synergy newsletter on ONB's website?
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Old Posted Aug 17, 2005, 9:54 PM
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Synergy

Bham Bound- They must be doing maintenance work on that page. I have not been able to access it either.
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Old Posted Aug 17, 2005, 10:17 PM
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I wish they would just update the entire site. A complete overhaul is long overdue.
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Old Posted Aug 20, 2005, 10:25 AM
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Okay, pardon the language, but what the fuck is up with Birmingham's homicide rate this year?

61 - and it's only August?
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Old Posted Aug 20, 2005, 3:53 PM
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Seriously... Same thing is going on in other cities too. Milwaukee is at 84 compared to 55 the same time last year.
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Old Posted Aug 20, 2005, 4:02 PM
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Well, fortunately, Buffalo has no one left to murder.

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Old Posted Aug 20, 2005, 4:59 PM
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Well; Murder usually happens when people want other people to die.

So, I guess this year, you just havea lot more people that want other people dead.

Could be the water for all we know.
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Old Posted Aug 20, 2005, 7:28 PM
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Well, for the most part, if you aren't getting into the drugs, or making drug deals, etc, etc.. You should be safe, although there are exceptions. Most people who get killed (atleast in Bham) deals with drugs, from what I hear.
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Old Posted Aug 20, 2005, 8:01 PM
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"The Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring program (ADAM) measures the extent of drug and
alcohol use in the high-risk population of people who have been arrested and booked as
adults in city and county detention facilities operated by local police and sheriff
departments." For Birmingham, Alabama in 2003, 530 arrestees were interviewed and 87.5% of those tested by urinalysis. 66.1% of adult male arrestees tested positive for at least one illegal drug: 34.3% tested positive for crack or powder cocaine, 44.6% for marijuana, 1.2% for methamphetamine, and 8.3% for heroin.

This isn't just murder arrests, of course. I couldn't immediately find a breakdown of homicides by "contributing factor" or motive, though I know the CDC collects those statistics for the FBI. I know that when I lived in New Orleans and the murder count soared well over 300 that the Times-Picayune published statistics that the overwhelming majority of murders were the result of illegal business deals and lover's spats. Very few victims were targeted from outside the perpetrator's immediate circle. Two factors that tend to mirror homicide rates are unemployment and temperature.
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Old Posted Aug 20, 2005, 8:52 PM
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OK, WTF (again).

I just arrived at the Birmingham airport and they charge for WiFi. LAME!
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Old Posted Aug 22, 2005, 5:16 AM
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UPDATE

2005 Passenger Traffic Info for BHM INTL

From Jan 1, 2005- July 1, 2005:

-Passenger Traffic YTD: 1,522,144*

-Monthly Average: 253,691

-Projected Year Total Passenger Traffic: 3,044,288**

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* 8.9% increase from last year for the YTD.
** Assuming the current monthly average is maintained.

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Old Posted Aug 26, 2005, 5:20 AM
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a little late, but here they are...

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By the way, there's a great shot of bodybuilders posing on these fire escapes near the end of the movie "Stay Hungry". I'll try to post some screen-caps this weekend.
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