There’s a buzz in the air, and it’s not reverb
As the radars begin to pick up on our renewed music scene and our ever evolving technology scene, attention has definitely been driven to it. A drive by the Innovation Depot shows significant progress. ONB’s monthly breakfast briefing is scheduled for tomorrow morning at 7:30 a.m. The focus of the breakfast is music, with Henry Panion among those scheduled to speak. Dr. Panion is the new owner of Audiostate 55, which we’ve also talked about in earlier posts. This morning there may even be some members of Catalyst’s board available to talk about the announcement that first appeared online late in the afternoon about a partnership between the 3-year old civic organization and City Stages. The following links should provide you with enough information about the project, which hopes to erase the current debt of the festival and provide a cushion for operating in the near future. Hopefully a long-term solution for the problem once the debt is erased may be the development of an endowment that may prevent some of these shortfalls from occurring again.
A Very Important Announcement from Catalyst, catalyst4birmingham.org
Indebted City Stages out to raise $1 million, The Birmingham News, September 28, 2006
City Stages, Catalyst launch fundraising campaign to pull festival out of debt, Birmingham Business Journal, September 27, 2006 (web published)
I’d be very interested in hearing from you about your thoughts on the partnership or about any ideas for success in the future for the event.
The Gardens of Park Place are getting closer to development
There are several things starting to happen in the area of greenspace development here in Birmingham. We’ve spoken many times before about the activities of Edwin Marty and the Jones Valley Urban Farm’s garden adjacent to the HOPE VI development in the city center. This morning the city’s Design Review Committee approved the master plan for the development of the Gardens at Park Place. The plans call for a place that will hopefully be embraced and have a sense of ownership among Park Place and City Center residents. The announcement comes as JVUF prepares to have its annual fund raiser at its current location on October 15. Click here to learn more about the event.
Come out and see the future of greenway development
The Renew Our Rivers program makes its way into Ensley this week. People have already been working all week in Village Creek; Saturday volunteers will work on cleaning up the banks of the creek as well as the Ensley and Tuxedo neighborhoods. It’s a productive way to spend your day helping bring attention to a section of the city that is about to see an explosion of activity (and more investments). We’ll post more information with details later this morning.
(additional links to be installed later today)