District 5 News

Birmingham City Council issues statement of condolences in the loss of former Mayor Larry Langford

January 9, 2019

PRESS RELEASE                                     Tuesday January 8, 2019 Contact: Chiara Perry Phone: 205-254-2036 Cell: 205-383-8432 chiara.perry@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – “The Birmingham City Council wishes to extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the family and friends in the loss of our former Mayor Larry Langford. We are deeply grateful for his countless contributions to the City, County and […]

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Council approves five new appointees to the P.A.C.E. Board

May 29, 2018

PRESS RELEASE                                                                          Tuesday, May 29, 2018 Contact: Chiara Perry Phone: 205-254-2036 Cell: 205-383-8432 chiara.perry@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL—After a prolonged discussion regarding the organizational structure of the Public Athletics and Cultural Events Board (PACE), the Birmingham City Council voted to approve five new appointees to the board, replacing the previous members whose terms have expired. The council […]

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Resumes are still being accepted for the Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA) Board Vacancy Potential Candidates are encouraged to apply

January 24, 2018

PRESS RELEASE                                                                          Wednesday, January 24, 2018 Contact: Chiara Perry Phone: 205-254-2055 Cell: 205-383-8432 chiara.perry@birminghamal.gov   BIRMINGHAM, AL— At least a dozen people have shown a significant interest and submitted their professional profiles for the Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA) Board opening. Councilor Darrell O’Quinn, Chair of the Transportation Committee, wants to make sure all […]

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The 76th Magic City Classic Festivities Didn’t Fall Short of Fanfare Despite Sudden Drop in Weather Temperature

October 30, 2017

During the parade that kicked off the Magic City Classic festivities on Saturday, a hard rain fell on the huddled masses of revellers who gathered downtown to see area high school marching bands, city councilors and other public figures parade through the cold, soaked streets. For those who ventured out into the dreary October morning, […]

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District 5 Neighborhood Leaders Workshop Helped Citizens Strategize on Working with City Leaders to Move Communities Forward

August 18, 2017

After an ice-breaking exercise in which neighborhood officers had to recall what they had seen in a bucket full of miscellaneous items that was passed around the table, Council President Johnathan Austin gave some remarks during the quarterly District 5 Neighborhood Leaders workshop. Austin spoke at length about the importance of having open and honest […]

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District 5 Residents Gain Insight on Community

March 8, 2017

When it comes to transparency and informing residents on developments and improvements in District 5, Birmingham City Council President Johnathan Austin is working to diligently ensure that District 5 thrives. President Austin hosted the District 5 Neighborhood Workshop giving residents the opportunity to receive updates on the land bank authority, resurfacing plans, the healthy food […]

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Calling all High School Seniors! Scholarship Opportunities Await You and Your Future!

January 19, 2017

Education is a fundamental part of life and it’s one of the most important investments students can make as they transition from high school into the real world. As the college years draw closer for many seniors all over the nation, scholarships help with solidifying a choice in the entire process. It’s never too late […]

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Calling All Pizza Fans! Fill Your Appetite for the Weekend and Enjoy Your Pie’s at its New Location in Uptown

December 9, 2016

It’s not enough that Birmingham recently topped Zagat’s list of 26 Hottest Food Cities in the nation, beating major cities such as New York and San Diego with the number fourteen spot. Thankfully the southern food movement won’t stop there as countless venues and restaurants continue offering unparalleled delicacies right in the heart of the […]

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Municipal Court Judge Vacancies

December 1, 2016

City Council President Johnathan Austin’s office is accepting applications for three (3) Full Time Municipal Court Judges and two (2) Special Municipal Court Judges. If you are interested in applying for one of these positions, please submit a letter of interest and resume to his office by the close of business on Friday, December 16, 2016. Office of the City Council President Johnathan […]

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Birmingham City Councilors Hold Press Conference to Educate Citizens on Amendment 14

November 7, 2016

On November 8th you will not only be voting on the next president, but you will also vote on local issues and statewide amendments that affect you directly. Birmingham City Council members are making sure residents of Birmingham know exactly what they are voting for when it comes to Amendment 14. Amendment 14 could have a direct impact […]

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From the Classroom to the Stage: Council President Johnathan F. Austin Host Educational Workshop

November 1, 2016

Some students won’t embark on a journey to becoming doctors, lawyers or even politicians. Some students will strive to make a tremendous impact in their community through their gift of music. That’s why Birmingham City Council President Jonathan Austin with musician talents of his own decided to kick off the 75th Magic City Classic by hosting […]

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Birmingham City Council President Johnathan Austin Annual District 5 Fun Day Brings Thousands to Railroad Park

November 1, 2016

This year’s 7th Annual District 5 Fun Day was nothing short of amazing. The free, community and family event hosted by Birmingham City Council President Johnathan Austin at Railroad Park helped kick off the 75th Annual Magic City Classic the right way. The highly-anticipated event drew in hundreds of residents ready to experience an afternoon filled […]

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New Security Measures will Be Enforced at Legion Field During 75th Magic City Classic Football Game

October 27, 2016

With the enormous amount of fanfare happening leading into the anticipated faceoff between Alabama A&M and Alabama State at the 75th Annual Magic City Classic, city leaders want to make sure fans are aware of the new security measures prior to arriving at Legion Field on game day. In an effort to increase the safety […]

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Cities Across the Country Look to Model the Magic City!

September 28, 2016

The City of Birmingham is on an uprise and theres no chance of looking back. The Magic City continues to remain in the forefront of bringing new and innovative ideas to the city in order to enhance the lives of all citizens, and city leaders across the country want to know how Birmingham does it all. For more information […]

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Did You Know that Today is National Voter Registration Day?

September 27, 2016

As an American citizen our vote is a symbol of the diversity and strength of our voices. It’s also an opportunity for our ideas to be heard on important issues that affect many communities including our own. Studies show that in 2008, six million Americans didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how […]

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Citizens Hold Townhall Meeting to Discuss The Changes They Would Like to See in Birmingham

August 28, 2016

The issues are real and citizens of Birmingham City want to see solutions. The Jefferson County Democrats recently hosted a town hall meeting called the State of Black Birmingham. During this meeting nothing was left off the table as Birmingham community leaders discussed important issues surrounding inequality between white and black Birmingham residents, education, and […]

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Ready..Set…Zyp!! New Zyp Bike Docking Station Opening Today at Smithfield Library as a Part of Community Celebration

August 14, 2016

Healthy activities combined with food fun and activities are an awesome way to balance the end of a great weekend. Today, Birmingham City Councilors are joining Zyp Bikeshare, fitness specialists and community vendors, for a day full of excitement at the Smithfield Center Street Celebration opening the newest docking station in front of the Smithfield […]

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Fountain Heights Eyesore Demolished After Residents Remain Persistent On Their Efforts to Cleanup Neighborhood

August 12, 2016

  An eyesore in the Fountain Heights is no more, and residents say they are glad to see that after months and months of voicing their concerns, neighbors can now say good bye to a home that was long over due for demolition. Below are tips that can help other constituents strategize in order to get […]

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Get Ready…Set..EXCEL! Top Ten Back to School Study Hacks

August 10, 2016

Summer time is winding down for students all over the nation. While this time of the year is never unexpected, there is an eagerness for students to jump back into their daily routine and aim for success no matter what level of education they may be pursuing. We’ve researched and gathered a few study hacks […]

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Birmingham City Councilors Join Hands on Birmingham for Back to School Beautification Project

July 29, 2016

School is almost back in session and Hands On Birmingham is partnering with the Birmingham City Schools (BCS) to make sure students return to beautiful schools as a warm welcome to a great year ahead. Birmingham City Councilors will be joining those efforts by participating in the BCS Back to School Beautification “Because We Care” […]

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Zoomania! Residents Enjoy Free Day at Zoo Thanks to Birmingham City Councilors

July 15, 2016

The fun was endless and every where in sight! From the safari to zipping to feeding the animals residents in Districts 5 & 6 got to enjoy a unique experience at the zoo thanks in part to City Council President Johnathan Austin and Councilor Shelia Tyson. Councilors say the opportunity to be able to provide […]

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Bringing Out the Best in Soulful Music: Birmingham’s Own Jazz Fest Kicks Off This Weekend

June 3, 2016

Grab your lawn chairs and big sun hats and prepare your hearts for a dose of exclusive entertainment capped off with premier nightlight festivities as the 2016 Steel City Jazz Festival kicks into full swing! Thousands are expected to pour into Downtown Birmingham’s own Linn Park tonight through June 4th and jam to melodic history […]

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Birmingham City Councilors “Zyp” Through Birmingham!

May 11, 2016

From Memorial Park to city hall, City Councilors zyped through the City of Birmingham with one purpose in mind. With more than 400 Zyp bikes deployed around Birmingham city through an initiative of Rev Birmingham, Councilors took on the challenge of encourage residents to participate in the bike share program in hopes of maintaining health […]

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The Wait Is Over: Birmingham’s Rotary Trail Will Open Today

April 6, 2016

Green spaces drive the power of true outdoor fun. Many environmentally friendly eco spaces are thriving in Birmingham communities especially in area parks with hopes to transform an age-old nostalgia of recreational community building. Well wait no more, the design is set and the new attractive landscape, also known as the Rotary Trail, conveniently located in […]

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Birmingham City Councilors Appear on International Show “Al Jazeera”

March 11, 2016

The fight to push minimum wage is making the national spotlight once again. International news network, Al Jazeera recently paid a visit to highlight all of the efforts that Birmingham City Councilors are doing to ensure that a livable wage is obtainable for all. For more information about everything the Birmingham City Council is doing […]

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U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor Visits Birmingham to Acknowledge Local Minimum Wage Efforts

February 8, 2016

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu made his way into the Magic City to learn more about what’s being done locally to increase minimum wages. His visit comes after Birmingham city Councilors voted to raise minimum wage to $10.10 by 2017 thus making Birmingham the first southern state to raise minimum wage to a […]

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Historic Charm Brought to Life at the “Lyric”

February 1, 2016

Revival of the Lyric Theatre is complete. Built as a vaudeville house in 1914, it was acquired in the 90’s by Birmingham Landmark who also renovated the Alabama Theatre. After 2 years of work and over $11 million raised, the return on investment for Lyric and the entire area looks strong. For more information about […]

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Celebrating The Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 18, 2016

A message from Council President Johnathan Austin “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Today, as we pause to reflect on and to celebrate the extraordinary life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I believe the most appropriate way to honor his legacy is through service and volunteerism. […]

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The Secret Is Out: People Worldwide Are Taking Notice of Birmingham

January 10, 2016

  It’s difficult to be unbiased to the awesome amenities that the City of Birmingham has to offer. With all the great restaurants and cuisines that reflect the best of the south and richness in southern hospitality, other cities hold steep competition to our culture. Well the Travel Channel has taken note as Birmingham recently […]

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Giving Back to Those Who Give The Most: Birmingham City Council Launches Nine Acts of Kindness

November 19, 2015

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is a week away! This year has truly flown by, and as we prepare to reflect on things that we are thankful for, the Birmingham City Council  is taking time to give back to those who give the most. Through the “Nine Acts of Kindness” campaign, each Councilor is donating much needed school supplies […]

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2015 Fun Day Impact Reaches Farther Than Railroad Park

October 26, 2015

The 6th Annual Fun Day kicked off a busy week leading up to the Magic City Classic. It was a great event for District 5, but this year it reached far beyond the edges of Railroad Park. For more information about everything the Birmingham City Council is doing visit www.birminghamalcitycouncil.org.

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President Austin Leads Neighborhood Officer Technology Workshop

September 4, 2015

Neighborhood presidents got a chance to ask Pres. Austin questions about the budget while he got to teach them how to find that kind of information online. The workshop offered technology education and how to navigate the council’s website while allowing these leaders in their communities a chance to have a voice. For more information […]

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Open container ordinance approved for Birmingham’s Uptown District

April 2, 2015

Birmingham is hoping to help boost tourism dollars by allowing visitors the opportunity to carry an alcoholic beverage from venue to venue. As part of this new open container ordinance, customers will be supplied designated cups for alcohol as they walk around the Uptown district. Acceptable areas for open containers will include the park across from the Westin Hotel, the […]

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Speaking on the World Stage: Birmingham City Council President Heads to Switzerland in Hopes of Bringing the World Games to Birmingham

January 19, 2015

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                       Monday, January 19, 2015 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – As the City of Birmingham makes it’s final pitch for the 2021 World Games Birmingham City Council President Johnathan Austin will head to Switzerland with one goal in mind, and that’s to win big. Birmingham is among three other […]

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