Tag Archives: Tornadoes

Historic travesty


Many of us have experienced losses after the recent tornadoes, or have tried to help those who have. A week ago I traveled to Tuscaloosa to visit some friends, whose house is shown above. It is located in a beautiful historic neighborhood called The Highlands, and it was barely recognizable to me. Massive century-old trees are gone. While my friends’ house sustained relatively minor damage, the beautiful neighboring house will probably not survive. Other houses from the 1920s and 30s face demolition or major repairs.

Other neighborhoods suffered more, and have fewer resources to build back. As a silver lining, perhaps Smartcode, promoting pedestrian-friendly and sustainable development, can be implemented in the “start-from-scratch” neighborhoods. A lot of effort, money, and patience will be required to mend this huge wound in our environment.

A long road to recovery

Helping all in need

He needs help too

All of us are concerned with the plight of our neighbors in the wake of this week’s tragic natural disaster. While many efforts are out there to feed and clothe those in need, the Greater Birmingham Humane Society has mounted a huge effort to rescue and care for animals suddenly left without owners.

Dog Days of Birmingham downtown is serving as an official collection site for this effort. They will be open all weekend 9-5. Items needed: Dog Food, Cat Food, Cat Litter, Blankets, Towels, Horse feed, Hay (they will transport) Newspaper, Collars, Leashes, Bleach. Their address is 112 18th Street North (between First and Second Avenues) and their number is  (205) 458-9364.  You can locate them on the web at:  www.dogdaysofbirmingham.com