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Sprint buses down Hagley Road by 2016 under £15m plans

The Midlands’ first bus-based rapid transit system could be running in two years

Birmingham Council House and Victoria Square

Calls for Palestinian flag at Birmingham Council House snubbed

Coun Majid Mahmood called for the Palestinian flag to fly to show solidarity with the people in Gaza

Eric Parry Architects' sketch of the Paradise Circus development - it will design the building with white roof in the top of the sketch

Eric Parry Architects appointed to design Paradise Circus building

Firm is second architecture practice to win a design brief for £450m mixed-use scheme and will create building to replace Central Library

Apache Indian appearing at the Simmer Down Festival in Handsworth Park July 2014.

Music and arts festival, with reggae at its core and a message of peace

Excitement is bubbling over for the Simmer Down Festival, featuring the best of Birmingham reggae talent. Roz Laws meets the headliners

A billboard ad for a Rover 800 car features in the 1987 video clip

Long-forgotten Super 8 film about Birmingham gets a new lease of life after being restored

Music promoter Dave Travis shot the Super 8 footage in 1987 while the whole area was being transformed

Prime Minister David Cameron

Growth Deal investment programme worth £350 million unveiled

Governments Local Growth Fund to support host of projects in Birmingham and West Midlands including new tram lines and advanced technology centre among many others

Professor Kathryn Moore

Reconnecting with countryside must be at root of Big City Plan

Birmingham City University professor Kathryn Moore has said there needs to be a more holistic proposal than the Big City Plan to make use of terrain like the Tame Valley and Spaghetti Junction.

Eiffel Tower in Paris

Local politicians glance across the Channel for the next 'grande idée'

Compared to a hotel bed tax, TBIDs sounded more enterprising, in both senses, and, as is being demonstrated, far more likely to happen.

The Lee Longlands store on Broad Street opened in 1932

Lee Longlands appoints Connect for store re-launch campaign

Wolverhampton agency will also carry out a brand overhaul for the Birmingham-based furniture retailer

Symphony Hall, The ICC, Birmingham, under construction in March 1990

How city bluffed Europe to build Symphony Hall

New book lifts lid on the methods used to finance construction of great concert venue

The Pickled Piglet in Gas Street

Owner left frustrated as police look into burglary

The Pickled Piglet in Gas Street was targeted by a burglar who broke in three times in one night and made off with around £900 in cash.

Artist's impression of 1 Arena Central

Plans in for first stage of £400 million Arena Central project

Long-awaited mixed-use scheme takes significant step with construction due to start in early 2015

Antony Sher with Paola Dionisotti as Mistress Quickly in Henry IV Part I

Review: RSC screening of Henry IV Part I at Malvern Festival Theatres

Richard Edmonds reviews the RSC screening of Henry IV Part I at Malvern Festival Theatres

Birmingham's Hyatt Regency Hotel

Hyatt's new tavern terrace part of £6m hotel revamp

A new bar terrace is the centrepiece of a major £6 million refurbishment of Birmingham’s Hyatt Regency Hotel.

Education Minister David Laws (left) and Education Secretary Michael Gove

Politics and rows as the Trojan Horse scandal descends into the mire

The not-so-tight-lipped row between Tory Michael Gove and Lib Dem David Laws over free schools and free school meals suggests a dysfunctional department .

A computer-generated image of plans for Arena Central

New Arena Central plans reveal urban meadow

Wide grassed areas in city centre scheme draw inspiration from High Line in New York City, architects reveal

Ranjit Boparan Singh

Midland firms celebrate Asian awards and rich list

Wednesday-based food supplier wins top prize as Midlands Asian Rich List also revealed at Birmingham ceremony

Birmingham City University, next to Millennium Point in Eastside

Eastside plans for HS2 college and Unite centre

A college for apprentices and a training centre for trade union Unite could provide another boost to Birmingham's Eastside area

Former manager of the Rocket Club Allan Sartori

Businessman stripped of land after Broad Street row ends up in court

Allan Sartori, well-known in the city for his management stints at Ronnie Scott’s and the Rocket Club, has been removed as the registered proprietor of the strip of pavement following a tortuous four-year legal battle with Laurence Reddy

Broad Street's Gatecrasher

Licensing chiefs to decide Gatecrasher's future over drugs and violence claims

Police asked Birmingham City Council to review Gatecrasher’s licence after complaining about stabbings, cannabis smoking and violence on Broad Street.

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