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Tide of skepticism recedes as Birmingham's city center rebounds

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – There’s been a steady stream of good news regarding the city center in recent months.

Downtown lofts are nearly 100 percent occupied, and bars and restaurants dot First and Second Avenue North. Businesses, including an apparel company and a new brewery, are snapping up buildings around the new Regions Field baseball stadium.

Developers are even once again kicking the tires on downtown’s historic Cabana Hotel building. (The one with the blimp pad on the roof.)

So what’s a hater to do? Climb on the bandwagon, said Maury Lyon.

“I used to never want to go downtown,” said Lyon, who counts himself among the long-time skeptics who thought reports of a downtown renaissance were overblown. “I was one of them,” he said.

But in March Lyon and his business partners moved their company, State Traditions, to a building adjacent to the ballpark...

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In the latest in our "Beyond the Edge" series, Naked Catfish member and University of Alabama at Birmingham psychologist Dr. Josh Klapow discusses the difference between a healthy fear of severe weather and needless panic.


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The Birmingham Sessions: Gabriel Tajeu (video)

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Gabriel Tajeu's brain must be firing on all cylinders. How else could he balance the demands of music and school, songwriting and scholarship?

Tajeu, 31, has been recording his debut album, a collection of folk, rock and R&B tunes called "Finding My Way." At the same time, he's been working on a doctorate in public health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. 

Which career path will he take? "The jury's still out," Tajeu says, laughing.

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