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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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    Why Metro Birmingham is dysfunctional–Ask The Washington Post

    February 24th, 2015

    The Washington PostI’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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    I hate the Magic City

    February 17th, 2015

    The Magic CityI like Birmingham, but I don’t like our nickname, ‘The Magic City.’

    I like “The Magic City” for historical purposes, and I know that is what we call ourselves, but that name is not going to get us anywhere outside of Birmingham.

    Those of us who live here know we’re ‘The Magic City.’  Outside of Alabama—not so much.

    In fact, if you GoogleMagic City,’ your first option will be an Atlanta adult entertainment night club. Read the rest of this entry “

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    Birmingham at mercy of outside interests

    February 10th, 2015
    Sharecroppers

    Sharecroppers

    A sharecropper is someone who raises crops for the owner of a piece of land and is paid a portion of the money from the sale of the crops.

    We in Birmingham have always been controlled by outside landlords.

    Birmingham is the city of iron and steel and historically U.S. Steel controlled every aspect of our lives-politics, business, and people.  U.S. Steel is headquartered in Pittsburgh and was for much of Birmingham’s history our largest employer.  Birmingham’s labor was first to be laid off and last to be rehired.  All decisions favored Pittsburgh over Birmingham, and of course, all profits were sent up north.

    Fortunately, U.S. Steel is no longer our largest employer, but unfortunately we are still being impacted. February 5th, U.S. Steel announced it could lay off up to 1,840 workers here.

    But even though we are not now totally dependent on U.S. Steel, we are still controlled by outsiders. Read the rest of this entry “

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    White man responds to black woman’s Birmingham childhood memories

    February 3rd, 2015
    Jerry Carter

    Jerry Carter

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

    Jerry Carter, wrote a piece in December titled, “Birmingham: The city of my youth makes a comeback.”  RavenBarnes responded with “Birmingham of my youth–from a black perspective.” Now Mr. Carter answers Ms. Barnes.

     If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

    Most likely, each of us can reach back into our pasts and re-live certain things that formed our opinions and lifestyles.  Read the rest of this entry “

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    Rich folks & black politicians holding Birmingham down?

    January 27th, 2015
    Tanner Colby authored book, "Some of my best friends are black

    Tanner Colby authored book, “Some of my best friends are black

    Unfortunately I didn’t attend the Martin Luther King Unity Breakfast January 19th, but immediately after Tanner Colby, the speaker, began his remarks, the texts and e-mails started coming—telling me I should have been there.

    Since I did not hear the speech and have been unable to obtain a written transcript, I am basing my remarks on e-mails, texts, and comments from friends and from the article about the speech on al.com titled, Tiny suburban kingdoms, desire for black power keep Birmingham from achieving MLK dream, author says.”

    Tanner Colby, author of the book, “Some of my best friends are black,” spent five years living in Vestavia Hills before going off to college in 1993. Read the rest of this entry “

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    Birmingham of my youth–from a black perspective

    January 20th, 2015
    3rd Avenue North facing East with Alabama & Lyric Theatres

    Third Avenue North facing east from 18th Street with Lyric & Alabama Theatres–remembered differently by black & white

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

    Today’s guest blogger is RavenBarnes. As far as I know, I don’t know Mr./Ms. Barnes since his/her comments below were published in his/her user name on al.com. This is his/her response to a guest blog recently written by a white male–Jerry Carter– Birmingham:  The city of my youth makes a comeback. 

     If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

    It seems that we spent our childhoods in Birmingham around the same time period, but although I remember a few things differently than Mr. Carter, I also remember being able to laugh and enjoy the Birmingham that I was given. Read the rest of this entry “

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    John Archibald got this one right

    January 13th, 2015
    John Archibald, columnist for the Birmingham News/al.com

    John Archibald, columnist for the Birmingham News/al.com

    I published a piece recently titled, John Archibald—a double standard.  Some people, who probably didn’t read the piece thoroughly, thought it was an attack on Archibald.  However, I said specifically that John is an excellent writer and journalist.  Quite frankly, if I had 1% of John’s writing and investigative skills I would be a happy man.

    Bottom line is that when you agree with Archibald—he’s Moses; when you disagree with him, he’s the devil. Read the rest of this entry “

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    Shocking numbers UA & UAB—THE TAIL’S WAGGING THE DOG

    January 6th, 2015

    University of AlabamaUAB MascotIn a moment I’m going to disclose some shocking numbers that tell the perverted story of UAB and the University of Alabama Board of Trustees.

    If you think about these numbers, they make sense, but no one seems to have put them together.

    The University of Alabama was founded in 1831.  UAB and UAH—afterthoughts—were created many years later.  It’s easy to understand that since UA is the father—and UAB and UAH are the children, why the father would want to maintain his parental control. Read the rest of this entry “

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    Our region’s future and the conversations we do not have

    December 30th, 2014
    Charles Ball, Executive Director Regional Planning Commission

    Charles Ball, Executive Director Regional Planning Commission

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

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

    Recent news that Mercedes may be moving its U.S. headquarters to Atlanta or North Carolina should unnerve us.  Why- Because it is just the most recent reminder of conversations we are not having, and opportunities we continue to miss.

    Foreign Auto HQs.  In 2006, Nashville lured Nissan’s U.S. headquarters from California.  And they accomplished this without an international airport or even one daily flight to Japan.  What they did have was a business community with an audacious, “can do” spirit and a Nissan plant down the road.  Japanese-owned Bridgestone Tire moved there in 1991.  So, why aren’t we talking about courting the headquarters of Mercedes, or Honda or Hyundai?  Georgia may be willing to offer up to $50 million for Mercedes.  We probably don’t have $50 million to offer, and we don’t have any flights to Germany.  But Atlanta doesn’t have a Mercedes plant 30 miles from downtown.  What do we have to lose?* Read the rest of this entry “

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