District 9 News

District 9 Presents Tuxedo Function In The Junction –  Birmingham’s Oldest Music Festival Celebrates 33 years in the Ensley Community

October 17, 2018

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                         Wednesday, October 17, 2018  Contact:        Alexia Patterson, Committee Assistant, District 9  Phone:           205.254.2302  alexia.patterson@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL — The 33rd Annual Tuxedo Function in the Junction will be held this Saturday, October 20th, beginning at 11:00 a.m. at Erskine Hawkins Park. This event commemorates the life and legacy of Alabama Jazz Hall […]

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Birmingham has 24 Opportunity Zones submitted to U.S. Department of Treasury

March 22, 2018

PRESS RELEASE                                                                          Thursday March 22, 2018 Contact: Chiara Perry Phone: 205-254.2294 chiara.perry@birminghamal.gov   BIRMINGHAM, AL – On March 21, Governor Kay Ivey released a list of 158 Opportunity Zones she has submitted to the U.S. Department of Treasury, 24 of which are located in Birmingham. These zones are designed to draw long-term capital investments into […]

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Some ‘Extra Crispy’ Economic Development is headed to District 9

January 10, 2018

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The Big Pitch: Enon Ridge’s Third Street Market brings back prize money to a community yearning for more fresh food

December 1, 2017

“I’m beyond excited about this,” Councilor John Hilliard said, heaping praise on the work being done in District 9 by Rod Cowan, the most recent winner of The Big Pitch, a business competition put on by REV Birmingham. “He’s young, progressive and he has a vision. Whatever we can do on our end to help […]

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Jackson-Olin High School Students Discuss Pratt-Ensley Framework Plan

March 16, 2017

Students in District 9 are taking a proactive approach when it comes to revitalizing their community. Birmingham City Councilor Marcus Lundy and the Regional Planning Commission visited students of Jackson-Olin High School to discuss the Pratt-Ensley Framework Plan. The presentation gave students a platform and the opportunity for the first time to share their thoughts […]

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Residents and Non-Profit Organizations Help to Transform District 9

March 9, 2017

Eight projects, six neighborhoods, one day! With more than 200 volunteers on hand, this year’s District 9 Day of Service was a huge success. Birmingham City Councilor Marcus Lundy collaborated with a number of non-profit organizations cleaning up neighborhoods, painting benches, clearing bushes and other beautification efforts in District 9. For more information about everything the […]

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Have You Heard? 2017 Birmingham Black Restaurant Week Is Now Underway!

March 8, 2017

Birmingham continues to make its mark as a signature city for lively food, culture and entertainment. With new restaurants continuing to open their doors here’s a chance to check out the new venues by participating in Birmingham Black Restaurant Week. Birmingham Black Restaurant Week is a dining opportunity for Black-owned restaurants and eateries to offer […]

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Jackson-Olin High School Student Sets the Bar High in District 9

February 7, 2017

When it comes to making plays on and off the court, Zikiria Williams is your girl. Zikiria Williams, a player of the Jackson Olin High School Mustang Girls Varsity Basketball team reached a career high of more than one thousand points, the most recorded in the history of Jackson Olin High School. Birmingham City Councilor Marcus […]

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Residents in District 9 Lay Out Plans for the Future

February 3, 2017

From transformative leadership workshops to providing input, residents in District 9 are taking the driver seat when it comes to how they envision their community. Residents took part in the transformative leadership workshop hosted by Birmingham City Councilor Marcus Lundy. Councilor Lundy says its important that residents in Birmingham have a stake in the ground when […]

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Councilor Marcus Lundy Motivates Wilkerson Middle and Community Leaders at 2nd Annual Black History Luncheon Program

January 27, 2017

Reflecting on the accomplishments of black heritage is a key factor in American History and students at Wilkerson Middle School knew just how to tell the stories of leaders who paved the way for freedom in our nation. This morning students put their best foot forward to welcome guests including community leaders during a Black […]

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Councilor Lundy Brings Hope to Birmingham Residents During Thanksgiving Holiday

November 24, 2016

A glimpse of hope is what Birmingham City Councilor Marcus Lundy sought to give during this year’s Thanksgiving holiday. Knowing the need in those in the community, Councilor Lundy teamed up with various churches in District 9 to distribute 100 turkeys and nonperishable items to residents of Birmingham. Councilor Lundy says giving back to residents […]

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New Program Launches in Birmingham to Help Students Attend College

November 8, 2016

There’s now a program in the city of Birmingham that not only benefits all students in the Birmingham City Schools system, but parents of these very students as well. GEAR UP which stands for gaining early awareness and readiness for Undergraduate programs is a grant awarded by the U.S Department of Education to high risk […]

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Ensley Continues to Tell It’s Story and You’re Invited to Learn More!

October 26, 2016

To some Ensley is merely a crime ridden, impoverish place but to others who live in the community ensley is home. Hoping to be the voice of the community the junction, a radio project spearheaded by Wbhm 90.3 seeks to tell their story. For more information about everything the Council is doing visit www.birminghamalcitycouncil.org.

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New Doors Are Opening for Minority & Women-Owed Businesses Within the City of Birmingham

October 14, 2016

New doors are opening for minority and women-owned businesses within the City of Birmingham. Birmingham City Councilor Marcus Lundy, Chair of the Economic Development, Budget & Finance Committee, is working to change the misrepresentation of minority businesses who operate in Birmingham, and a recent contract is showing what can be done when businesses of all […]

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Summer Jams 2016 Gives Attendees an Up-Close Look at Revitalization in Ensley!

August 28, 2016

The highly anticipated event began three years ago and since then this initiative has become bigger and better each and every year. Councilor Marcus Lundy says that Summer Jams promotes unity among residents in District 9 and helps celebrate the revitalization of Ensley’s historic downtown. For more information about everything the Council is doing visit www.birminghamalcitycouncil.org.

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Pratt City Unveils New Development Plans

August 19, 2016

Residents of the Pratt community are now a few phases closer to the future they have been hoping for after tornado storms struck their community in 2011.  Designs were recently unveiled for the new Pratt Park. Residents say they are excited to see what this new development will bring to their community. For more information about everything the Council is doing visit www.birminghamalcitycouncil.org.

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Birmingham City Councilors Ready to Help Kick-Off Annual Innovation Week!

August 19, 2016

As technology continues to shape our culture, more companies continue to find creative ways to thrive in a competitive market. With business incubators as a major variable for aspiring entrepreneurs to realize success, the Innovation Depot is one of the best methods to break ground and build concepts that will turn into success stories. Serving to […]

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Established in 1899…Ensley Looking to Show Everyone That The Area is Alive Again!

August 15, 2016

Established in 1899, the ties within Ensley run deep and now those who call the beloved area their home are looking to show everyone else that Ensley is indeed alive! The annual District 9 Summer Jams series will take place this Saturday, August 20th in Downtown Ensley on corner of Avenue F and 19th Street! The fun will kick off […]

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Birmingham City Councilors Ask Hard-Hitting Questions Concerning the Proposed TRANE Contract

August 2, 2016

As the Birmingham City Council continues to seek new and innovative ways to ensure that resources in the City of Birmingham are being utilizing efficiently, City Councilors are also striving to guarantee that minority-owned businesses located in Birmingham are reaping those benefits as well. Early last month Councilors asked hard hitting questions during the Committee […]

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Save the Date: Summer Jams Coming to Ensley on August 20th!

July 27, 2016

Ensley is family. Ensley is home. Ensley is alive…and we’re inviting you to come see for yourself! District 9 Councilor Marcus Lundy presents Summer Jams 2016! The event will take place Saturday, August 20th in Downtown Ensley on corner of Avenue F and 19th Street! The fun will kick off at 2pm. Summer Jams is free to the public and will include food and street vendors, grand […]

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Birmingham Host National Baptist Convention of America International Inc.

July 1, 2016

Birmingham continues to be a staple city for conventions this summer and city leaders could not be more thrilled. The National Baptist Convention of America hosted their 2016 Convention in the Magic City this week. More than 4, 000 people attended this four- day convention, which consisted of a number of activities such as workshops, worship services, and specialty sessions […]

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One Purpose, One vision, ONE Pratt!

June 27, 2016

One purpose, one vision, one Pratt. Pratt City residents are still united as ever as they continue their efforts in revitalizing Pratt City after tornados swept through their community in 2011. Residents attended the One Pratt Picnic to discuss the possibilities of new projects being developed in their community.  City leaders along with the Tom Leader Group were all in attendance to discuss plans and […]

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Birmingham City Councilors Pay Tribute to Former Councilor Leroy Bandy

June 8, 2016

Family and friends will come together today to remember a former councilman who was a true servant at heart. Funeral services for Mr. Leroy Bandy will take place at 12 p.m. at First Missionary Baptist Church, Pratt City located at 415 Avenue G Birmingham, AL 35214. Mr. Bandy, who served on the council from 1997 to […]

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New Project in District 9 Aims to Teach Residents About Urban Gardening

May 5, 2016

Ensley is Alive and well as Birmingham City Councilor Marcus Lundy took to the plow with community leader Brian “Voice” Hawkins as a part of the Color Project, an initiative that uses public art, gardens, light and sound to address issues of health disparities and overall safety in Ensley. The project also uses tilled mini […]

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Triumph Over Tragedy: Pratt City Celebrates Growth Following 2011 Tornadoes

May 3, 2016

You could see it, you could hear it, but most importantly you could feel it, Pratt City is back and better than ever. After having numerous homes and community landmarks demolished due to the 2011 tornadoes, many wondered if PrattCity would ever be the same, but this past weekend community leaders and residents came together to celebrate just […]

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Earth Day Celebrations Spark New Yearlong Initiatives in Birmingham

May 2, 2016

New initiatives are sparking up all around Birmingham as residents look for ways to make good use of projects such as urban gardens. Through an initiative known as the Color Project residents in Ensley are not only learning more about gardening but they are also learning more about that the ongoing efforts to revitalize the […]

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Birmingham City Councilor Marcus Lundy Working To Keep the Historic Tax Credit in Place

April 28, 2016

The City of Birmingham is comprised of beautiful historic buildings, some of which have undergone several remodeling restructuring in the past twenty years. These renovations however would not have occurred without the historic tax credits. According to National Trust for Historic Preservation, for more than three decades, the federal Historic Tax Credit has successfully implemented a […]

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Five Years Later: Success Continues to Peek Through the Aftermath of the April 27th Tornadoes

April 27, 2016

The year 2011 was a year that many families residing in the state of Alabama and the southeast will likely never forget. Only four months into a new year, a devastating tornado tore open the lives of communities that never anticipated its deadly wrath. Hundreds were injured and killed as the aftermath left ghost towns […]

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Rebranding Birmingham: Neighborhoods and Districts Are on the Move!

February 4, 2016

Birmingham is constantly evolving as economic development continues to thrive into the epicenter of downtown. More greens spaces are on the rise in neighborhoods and numerous city centers are a growing commodity for the ambitious, yet savvy young professionals. With all of the current changes taking place in downtown Birmingham, it is no surprise that […]

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New Signs of Development: Birmingham City Councilors Approve Funding for Recreational Center in Pratt City

January 14, 2016

Residents in Pratt City will soon have a new facility to utilize as the community continues to rebuild following the devastating tornadoes that struck the area in April of 2011. Tuesday, Birmingham City Councilors passed several resolutions authorizing the Mayor to submit to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) an amended […]

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Birmingham City Council’s “Nine Acts of Kindness” Concludes With District 9

November 25, 2015

Our Nine Acts of Kindness project concludes with a visit to South Hampton Elementary School in District 9.  Through the “Nine Acts of Kindness” campaign, each Councilor donated much needed school supplies to schools in their district to show their appreciation for our students and teachers as we pause to reflect on the things that we […]

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Local volunteers working to revive Ensley

November 18, 2015

Rain or shine, residents in Ensley are ready to revitalize their downtown area. Revive 2.0 was organized by REV Birmingham with the support of Councilor Marcus Lundy to encourage volunteers to come out and clean up the old west police precinct building so it can be transformed into a new art theater. For more information […]

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Rain or Shine, Residents in Ensley Gather to Revitalize Downtown Showing that Ensley Is On Its Way Back!

November 18, 2015

Despite the dropping temperatures accompanied by consistent rainfall, Councilor Marcus Lundy stood strong with residents in Ensley this past weekend to showcase their support in transforming Downtown Ensley back into its old form. Revive Ensley was organized by REV Birmingham in partnership with organizations such as Kuumba Community Arts, Alabama State Council of the Arts, […]

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Rain or Shine, Residents in Ensley Gather to Revitalize Downtown, Showing that Ensley Is On Its Way Back!

November 9, 2015

Despite the dropping temperatures accompanied by consistent rainfall, Councilor Marcus Lundy stood strong with residents in Ensley this past weekend to showcase their support in transforming Downtown Ensley back into its old form. Revive Ensley was organized by REV Birmingham in partnership with organizations such as Kuumba Community Arts, Alabama State Council of the Arts, […]

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Survey Says: Birmingham Is the Place to Be for Young Entrepreneurs

November 4, 2015

If you’re young and looking to start a business, Birmingham is the place to be. That’s according to a recent survey by Thumbtack that ranked Birmingham in first place for its list of the Top 10 Cities for Millennial Entrepreneurs. With numerous factors that constantly thrust Birmingham into the spotlight on the success of startup […]

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The Road to Revitalization Tour Starts in District 9

October 8, 2015

As they head down the Road to Revitalization, Birmingham City Councilors want to ensure that the $6.5 million they included in this year’s budget is being used effectively to remove weeds and demolish abandoned homes. Over the next few months, they will meet with residents to walk through their neighborhoods and see progress being made […]

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Ensley Revitalization Takes Center Stage

September 14, 2015

There was music to get you up, food to cool you off, or fill you up, and new memories to capture and share. Reflections of the original downtown Birmingham, in Ensley, offer hope to many long time residents and merchants as city leaders celebrated revitalization efforts with a free music festival “Ensley Alive”. For more […]

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Ensley Alive Music Festival Preview

September 5, 2015

Ensley Alive, a free music festival happening Sept 12th from 2-7 p.m., is a celebration meant to demonstrate the opportunities that exist in the Ensley area and to expose residents and visitors to the businesses in the district. For more information about everything The Birmingham City Council is doing visit: www.birminghamalcitycouncil.org

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Pres. Austin tells Uber supporters the council will do what is needed to get rideshare companies here in Birmingham

July 31, 2015

Council President Johnathan Austin spoke with a group of Uber supporters that gathered outside of city hall and assured them that the council will do what is needed to bring rideshares like Uber & Lyft to Birmingham. For more information about everything the Birmingham City Council is doing visit www.birminghamalcitycouncil.org.

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