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See your answers to CAN YOU REPEAT THAT?

In June and July, more than 300 people answered survey questions about Birmingham and its history for our game show, Can You Repeat That? We covered the top five answers at the show. Here, week by week, we will publish the results of the other questions.

Survey any group of city dwellers about what "needs to be cleaned up" and they are likely to to mention Streets, Crime, Schools and Politics. Birmingham is no different, but other top answers lend more insight to the city's psyche, and possibly its actual problems.

Out of 276 different responses, the single most common answer was Politics, with 38 people filling in the blank with "politics," "politicians" (some by name), "corruption," "City Council," "Government," etc. Coming in second, and departing from the expected top answer, was residential "Neighborhoods," with 30 answers, and another 14 chiming in with "Downtown" specifically.

Tied for third and fourth were Streets and Schools at 20 answers each, with Streets pulling ahead if you count extra responses complaining about traffic and pothole repairs.

The last three "top" answers are Transit (19), Crime (15) and -- drum roll for -- Attitude (9). Survey takers are increasingly more worried about their neighbors' self-image than about outsiders views of Birmingham.    

This word cloud gives an idea of topics worrying Birminghamians.

Tell us something we DON'T know--
And someone did ...
Much of the historical information used in the History Center's Aug. 7 quiz show, Can You Repeat That? was mined from the website bhamwiki.com and its fastidiously accurate publisher John Morse. As part of our show promotion, we issued an offer of free tickets to anyone who could present information of historical significance to Birmingham that was not already in the bhamwiki.com website. A few tried and failed. One person heroically succeeded, and his story about a now destroyed North Jefferson County wooden railway trestle will be presented in an upcoming blog. For now, we simply ask, "Does anyone know anything about the Newfound Creek railroad trestle, which burned to the ground in 2006?     
Can You Repeat That?
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The latest from 1807 Blog Avenue

Where were YOU when you saw the Beatles' perform live on The Ed Sullivan Show in front of 73 million Americans? 

Not Birmingham!  

No media outlet was without a tribute
or retrospective in the lead-up to the
50th anniversary of the Beatles' first
performance on American live
television. But personal accounts
from the state's largest city were
strangely absent. Wasn't there
anyone in Birmingham on that day in
1964 who can remember the TV
moment when Ed Sullivan gestured to
the band's wildly anticipated performance and announced:
“Ladies and Gentlemen, the Beatles?”

Click here to read the article.
A current event
This building on 18th Street North is being gutted and remodeled for a a new restaurant with a familiar name--especially to those from Homewood.

Just a stone's
throw from
the Lyric Theatre
on 18th
this once-vacant
is being
for a live/work
space that will
house a
the ground floor.
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