B-metro - The magazine of metro Birmingham living


Steel Rails Singing

photography by Jerry Siegel, words by Joe O’Donnell It was our river. Twin rails of steel tied to a raised bed of rock and earth slipping like a metal stream past the newborn city of Birmingham. Throughout history cities have grown up on the banks of rivers or beside the tide of deep-water bays. Not… Read More

Southern Gothic

It was a little piece of creative heaven before the fall from grace. What followed for Southern  Progress Corporation and its people was a New York publishing invasion, a lot of pain and a chance for many people to reinvent themselves. For Birmingham, the real question becomes what to do with all of the creative… Read More

2011 Community Circle Awards

A Letter from the President Founded in 1922 the Junior League of Birmingham trains women to be inspired volunteers committed to improving their community through service, partnership and shared solutions. We believe that giving back through volunteer service is a key part of being a responsible member of a thriving community. The members of the… Read More

Sister Act

Birmingham natives Catherine and Allison Pierce fine-tune their sound with a darker, edgier approach. by Cindy Riley     Photo by Edward Badham Growing up the daughters of self-proclaimed hippies, The Pierces seemed destined for a career in the arts. Their folk/indie/psychedelic harmonies have been a lifetime in the making. “Our parents were so encouraging,”  explains Catherine,… Read More

Ada’s Place

How the death of a little girl became a beautiful affirmation of life By Joe O’Donnell, Photography by Liesa Cole “This was Ada’s place,” her grandmother says, misty-eyed at the edge of a large rolling field across from her house in Munford in Talladega County. “She loved to play in this field.” We are here for… Read More

Spy Master

Birmingham writer Keith Thomson blends satire and suspense to perfection by Cindy Riley     Photo by Beau Gustafson Much like one of de Chirico’s cryptic canvases, Keith Thomson’s latest  espionage  thriller  offers a  series of twists and turns that captivate  his unsuspecting audience. “I remember actually shaking the book in disbelief a few times, as though… Read More

The Gold Standard

More than 1,200 of the Top Rated Attorneys in Birmingham from Martindale Hubbell’s AV Rated Lawyers list. To compile a list of top area lawyers, we invited LexisNexis® Martindale–Hubbell®, the organization that has long set the standard for lawyer ratings, to share their list of local lawyers who have reached the highest levels of ethical… Read More


A young couple with do-it-yourself determination, combine their styles and skills to transform their West Homewood house. By Mary Ellen Stancill   Photos by Graham Yelton Graham and Jay Yelton are big proponents of their West Homewood neighborhood. They love their location—close to Jay’s work and within walking distance of Hall-Kent Elementary School and Patriot Park…. Read More