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    Nashville whipping Birmingham’s butt

    April 28th, 2015
    Nashville

    Nashville

    I’m jealous.

    I recently read a piece in the Nashville Business Journal that made me ill.

    The nausea was amplified by the memories of a humiliating Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce (BBA) trip I took with about one hundred corporate, community, and political leaders to Nashville ten years ago.

    None of us were prepared for the way we were mistreated.  One Nashville speaker called us racists; another attacked our healthcare industry; and third referred to Birmingham as ‘Bombingham.’  (Nashville spits on Birmingham)

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    Don Logan: Folks called us nuts!

    April 21st, 2015
    Don Logan, retired Chairman Time Warner. Owner--Birmingham Barons, Seek Publications, B.A.S.S

    Don Logan, retired Chairman Time Warner. Owner–Birmingham Barons, Seek Publications, B.A.S.S

    ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.

    Today’s guest blogger is Don Logan.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

    Folks said we were nuts when we moved the Barons downtown.

    Downtown isn’t safe.”

    “I’d never come downtown with my children.”

    “The City of Birmingham will never get its act together.”

    “You guys must be crazy.”

    It was difficult to listen to the negative talk—but we knew the move to Birmingham was the right thing to do.  Stadiums were moving into urban areas and were being successful.

    And the City of Birmingham did it right. Read the rest of this entry “

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    Is free UAB movement doomed?

    April 14th, 2015

    Free UABI think most people will agree that UAB and UAH are not fairly represented on the University of Alabama Board of Trustees.

    Twelve of 15 trustees graduated from the University of Alabama, two graduated from UAB and none from UAH–one is a graduate of both UA and UAB, where he attended medical school.

    Can we implement an equitable solution?  Maybe not–there’s a potential roadblock.

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    Is Birmingham becoming too cocky?

    April 7th, 2015
    Powell Avenue Steam Plant

    Powell Avenue Steam Plant

    The CEO of one of our area’s largest companies approached me at a business reception recently and said he was concerned about Birmingham.

    I’ve had lots of people tell me they were worried about Birmingham, but never like this. Read the rest of this entry “

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    A silver lining: a good thing emerges from the UAB football controversy

    March 31st, 2015
    Tom Cosby

    Tom Cosby

    ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.

    Today’s guest blogger is Tom Cosby.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

    The late, great Fred Sington (himself a University of Alabama football All American) used to proudly say “I’m a Birmingham man. If its good for Birmingham, I’m for it.” Count me in, all in, on Mr. Sington’s team. And since I believe the killing of UAB football is not good for Birmingham, I’m not for it.

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    Publix wacky for building a store downtown?

    March 24th, 2015

    PublixHas Publix gone mad?

    The executives at Publix must be on drugs—bought at its own pharmacy.

    Why would any sane company build a grocery store in downtown Birmingham?—not just a kids sized model—but a full size grocery store—pharmacy and all.

    Publix must not have gotten the memo about white/black flight from the city center and the vast dangerous wasteland left behind.

    Has Publix lost all sense of reality?
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    Fire Ray Watts chant makes me crazy

    March 17th, 2015
    My granddaughter, Aly, proudly pictured with UAB Cheerleaders

    My 5 year old granddaughter, Aly, proudly pictured with UAB Cheerleaders at CUSA Tournament

    The UAB basketball team won nine straight home games, triumphed in the Conference USA Tournament, and captured a cherished birth in the NCAA Play Offs.  But as the clock counted down in the final moments of the Conference USA championship game, some UAB fans broke into the all too familiar chant, “Fire Ray Watts!”

    I completely understand why many UAB fans are upset.  Last fall the plug was pulled on UAB football and the decision and announcement was totally mishandled.  We must blame someone. Read the rest of this entry “

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    The hole in Jefferson County no one seems to know about

    March 10th, 2015

    HoleWhere are they?

    At first I thought they had moved to surrounding counties—and some did, but that’s not the hole story.

    It’s common knowledge that Jefferson County’s population is stagnant—but I got curious about the details.

    According to the 2010 Census, Jefferson County lost .5% of its population from 2000-2010– 662,047 to 658,466.

    Not a big deal –we only lost 3,581 people.

    But then I found the hole. Read the rest of this entry “

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    There’s no stopping Birmingham

    March 3rd, 2015
    Maury Shevin

    Maury Shevin

    ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.

    Today’s guest blogger is Maury Shevin.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

    I recently attended a meeting of real estate professionals from the Birmingham area.

    Dick Schmalz, President RGS Properties, spoke about his 20 Midtown development.  20 Midtown is the new Publix, Starbucks, retail and apartment buildings that are being developed between 3rd and 4th Avenues South on both sides of 20th Street.  These are not pie-in-the-sky projects.  They are real with building permits and bank financing. Dick said these three projects will cost more than $100 million.

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    The one solution that will propel Birmingham

    February 24th, 2015

    Birmilngham skyline nightI’ve given scores of speeches about a better Birmingham.

    At the beginning of my talk I always ask the same question: “Who thinks Birmingham has reached its potential?”

    No one has ever raised a hand.  Not one hand out of thousands of people.

    How’s that possible?

    Birmingham’s beautiful; our people are smart and generous—and we’re located in the heart of the South—the fastest growing region in the United States.

    Some blame our lack of progress on race—some on poor leadership…but The Washington Post has laid it out for us.

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