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Madelaine Bowie: Building homes and dreams in Ensley

By Ameera Steward The Birmingham Times Becoming a realtor wasn’t a surprise for Madelaine Bowie. She always had an entrepreneurial mindset, she liked working with people,...

The Creativity of Brian ‘Voice’ Porter Hawkins: artist, poet, musician, gardener

By Ariel Worthy The Birmingham Times Brian “Voice” Porter Hawkins has never been bored in his life. “There’s just too much stuff to do, even if it’s...

The Ensley Renaissance: How residents are reviving a once-thriving community

By Je’Don Holloway Talley For The Birmingham Times T. Marie King and Brian “Voice Porter” Hawkins knew they could change the narrative of Ensley as a...

Longtime business owner on why he won’t leave Ensley

By Je’Don Holloway Talley For The Birmingham Times Ensley was once home to dozens of thriving independently owned, family-run businesses. Melvin Zivitz, 73, would know. He owns...

Birmingham City Councilman really wants to support renovation of historic building,...

By Je’Don Holloway Talley For The Birmingham Times Birmingham City Councilman Marcus Lundy said he wants to find ways to support Mayor William Bell’s plan to...

He saw Ensley as a ‘food desert’ then decided to do...

By Je’Don Holloway Talley For The Birmingham Times Ensley native Hank Layman remembers driving around the community when something caught his eye. “Ensley is a food desert,”...

Mayor Bell announces $40 million public safety complex for Ensley

By Monique Jones The Birmingham Times Birmingham Mayor William Bell on Wednesday announced a $40 million public safety complex for downtown Ensley. The planned complex includes a...

Two-star treatment for the west side

By Emma Tolbert I’m a resident of Ensley.  I didn’t grow up there- I bought my first home there at age 28 and moved there...

Bethesda Life Center offers array of wellness programs

Special to The Times The name for Bethesda Life Center, located in Ensley, was inspired by two passages from the Gospel of John. “Bethesda” (meaning...

Ensley Renaissance Festival: Business owners say rebirth is more than hype

By Keisa Sharpe Alabama NewsCenter A renaissance is underway in Ensley. On Saturday, Aug. 20, through periods of rain and sunshine, steady crowds came out to purchase...

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