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    Nick Saban proves we in Birmingham are a bunch of suckers

    February 1st, 2016
    Coach Nick Saban

    UA Football Coach Nick Saban

    I must be nuts.

    I’m actually writing an article that might be perceived as negative about the most popular and respected man in Alabama—maybe in Alabama history.

    This story broke January 9th; about the same time Nick Saban and the UA football team won the National Championship—but wanting to show sensitivity to Saban worshipers (which include me), I waited until this week to publish. Read the rest of this entry “

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    Let’s step out of our ‘Little Kingdom’ and unite for a better Birmingham

    January 25th, 2016

    Little KingdomComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham

    Today’s guest blogger was written by a commenter who calls him/herself ‘bhamthoughts’.  

    (ComebackTown generally does not publish anonymous blogs–but it’s difficult to find people willing to include their name when the content may be perceived as negative.)

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

    I am not from here.

    I wasn’t born or raised here, I didn’t go to a school that starts with an “A,” and you wouldn’t know my parents if they were standing right in front of you.

    I am one of those rare people who have moved TO this city from somewhere else.  Now that I have been here a while, it’s no wonder our city isn’t growing and competing with the Nashvilles and Charlottes of the world.

    Everything I mention below comes from a good place, these are just the realities of our community that we need to overcome if we ever want to grow like the rest of the country. Read the rest of this entry “

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    The fairy tale story of Ray Watts and UAB football

    January 18th, 2016
    Drawing Aly Martin-6 years old--who loves fairy tales

    Drawing by Aly Martin-6 years old–who loves fairy tales & UAB

    Don’t you love stories with  happy endings?

    Once upon a time in the sleepy village of Birmingham, Alabama, an evil UAB President Ray Watts (or his Trustee Roundtable) made the decision to terminate UAB football.

    The UAB students took up arms, the faculty revolted, and the townspeople arose.

    Chicken Little ran through the streets yelling, “The sky is falling—the sky is falling.” Read the rest of this entry “

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    What if we could dramatically cut the number of homicides in Birmingham?

    January 11th, 2016
    Christopher Nanni President & CEO Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham

    Christopher Nanni, Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham.

    Chief A.C. Roper Birmingham Police Department

    Chief A.C. Roper
    Birmingham Police Department

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

    Today’s guest bloggers are Christopher Nanni and Chief A.C. Roper.

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

    If you could prevent people from killing others, would you do something about it?

    This is the question that the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham asked itself in 2014. The Foundation encountered a strategy being implemented around the country with dramatic results:  reducing homicides by up to 40% while at the same time decreasing incarceration, building police legitimacy, and offering those deemed the most likely to kill or be killed a way out.

    Sound too good to be to be true? Read the rest of this entry “

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    No need for Birmingham to be a media laughingstock

    January 4th, 2016
    Even Vulcan is embarrassed--drawing by Adam Stermer

    Even Vulcan is embarrassed–drawing by Adam Stermer

    I’ve agonized whether to publish this piece about our region’s propensity for humiliation.

    One of my best friends warned me, “Why bring it up?…move on and forget it.”

    I think we can be fairly certain, however, we are just around the corner from another embarrassment, and another, and another.

    You probably think I’m going to write about fights at City Hall, pricey cell phone bills, or unexpected City Council pay increases, but Birmingham politics is only the tip of the iceberg. Read the rest of this entry “

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    Birmingham a hotbed for startups and young professionals

    December 28th, 2015
    Maggie Belshe

    Maggie Belshe

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

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

    I’ve lived in Birmingham about four months now, and people still ask me where I’m from. I grew up in San Francisco, and went to school in New York.

    The next question is inevitably some variation of “what brought you to Birmingham?” The short answer is Venture for America– a two-year fellowship in which recent graduates gain hands-on experience building a company under the guidance of an entrepreneur.

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    Birmingham Crossplex–$100 million impact—gets a bad rap

    December 21st, 2015
    Faye Oates, Birmingham Crossplex, Director

    Faye Oates, Birmingham Crossplex, Director

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

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

    The news media consistently reports the west side of Birmingham as a haven of crime and mayhem.

    The news media very rarely reports on the west side residents who go to work every day, maintain their homes impeccably, and are committed to having a great neighborhood. Read the rest of this entry “

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    Birmingham NOT one of the most dangerous cities in America

    December 14th, 2015

    CrimeSometimes I feel invisible.

    No one seems to hear me when I insist that Birmingham is NOT one of the most dangerous cities in America.

    We hear that Birmingham has historically been a rough and tumble town.  Our media bombards us with one homicide story after another.

    Every year respected publications like Forbes include Birmingham in its list of one of the 10 most dangerous cities in America.

    Our propensity to crime is just accepted as part of our DNA.
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    Leading the parade of professionals back downtown

    December 7th, 2015
    John Shank, Barfield, Murphy, Shank and Smith

    John Shank–Barfield, Murphy, Shank and Smith

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

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

    This wouldn’t have happened five years ago.

    It wouldn’t have happened two years ago—or even last year.

    But now’s the time…

    Some people may view CPA’s as dull and boring, but we’ve always viewed ourselves as creative and visionary.

    We want to lead the parade—not wait and get left behind.

    That’s why we want to move people in Riverchase to downtown Birmingham. Read the rest of this entry “

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    Mountain Brook points fingers at Birmingham

    November 30th, 2015
    Mountain Brook Village

    Mountain Brook Village

    I love to write about Mountain Brook.

    People are interested in Mountain Brook and I know a lot about the subject matter–since I’ve lived much of my life and raised my children there.  (I now live in Vestavia Hills)

    When I write about Mountain Brook— I’m mostly talking about the three dozen municipalities that surround Birmingham—so you folks in Mountain Brook—please don’t take this personally.

    I was recently talking with a good friend (which I will call ‘Bob’) from Mountain Brook. Read the rest of this entry “

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