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    Something strange at Jefferson County Courthouse

    June 29th, 2016
    Jefferson County Courthouse

    Jefferson County Courthouse

    Oh no!

    I had to go to the Jefferson County Courthouse to transact some business.

    Based on my previous experiences, I would rather have a ‘root canal.’

    The last time I went to the courthouse there were people lined up around the block. The hallways were filled with angry folks with tempers flaring.

    Some citizens were compelled to hire surrogates to stand in line so they wouldn’t have to miss a day of work to transfer a license tag. Read the rest of this entry “

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    The pain of losing a family treasure to an awakening Birmingham

    June 22nd, 2016
    John W. Scott

    John W. Scott

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

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

    It was a little slice of Birmingham cultural and architectural history.  If you’re of a certain age (that is, old) you may remember going to Waite’s after church on Sunday and having the egg salad sandwich or eclairs.

    You may also remember the strange foods over in the small and dusty grocery section, my most clear memory being the tins of chocolate covered ants from South America.  Read the rest of this entry “

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    How Birmingham pulled off a billion dollar triumph!

    June 15th, 2016
    Tom Cosby

    Tom Cosby

    Barry Copeland

    Barry Copeland

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

    Today’s guest bloggers are Tom Cosby and Barry Copeland.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

    Editor’s note:  We in Birmingham are often guilty of not celebrating our successes. It’s only appropriate that two of Birmingham’s greatest community leaders tell the story about how The Chamber of Commerce (BBA) along with ordinary citizens and political leaders pulled off one of Birmingham’s greatest successes. Read the rest of this entry “

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    Would you buy a pickle from Vulcan?

    June 8th, 2016
    Darlene Negrotto, President & CEO of Vulcan Park Foundation

    Darlene Negrotto, President & CEO of Vulcan Park Foundation

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

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

    Take a moment to recall a fond memory of Vulcan.

    Perhaps it was a childhood outing with family, or a romantic evening admiring the city lights.

    Now think of the hundreds of thousands of others over the decades who have held similar heartfelt memories – and know that similar memories will continue to be made far into the future.

    Vulcan is a common thread in our community.  He serves as an important link to our past, and to the generations yet to come. Read the rest of this entry “

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    National publication embarrasses Birmingham

    June 1st, 2016
    Railroad Park--One of many recent Birmingham successes

    Railroad Park–One of many recent Birmingham successes

    I love to read positive national stories about Birmingham…and there have been a lot of them lately.

    So I couldn’t wait to read the article in City Lab titled, “How Birmingham thrived despite a county bankruptcy in Alabama’s largest city–a story of economic confidence in an unlikely place.

    “A story of economic confidence in an unlikely place.”

    Yes, the piece bragged about Birmingham.  It described how we’ve thrived since the Jefferson County’s bankruptcy.

    But then the author hit us in the face with a pie… Read the rest of this entry “

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    What I found while walking in downtown Birmingham

    May 23rd, 2016
    Charles Kinnaird

    Charles Kinnaird

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

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

    We are bombarded with news of political discord at the local, state, and national level. One can get disheartened watching news broadcasts these days, wondering if we can safely navigate the political shoals ahead. Recently I found a place where everything seemed to be working, in spite of what the news media may report.

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    A white mayor for Birmingham?

    May 16th, 2016
    Donald Trump

    Donald Trump

    Last year who would have predicted that Donald Trump might win the Republican Primary?

    Last year who would have thought that Bernie Sanders would still be giving Hillary Clinton heartburn?

    People have become so unhappy with the status quo that they are willing to vote for outsiders and non-traditional candidates.

    It’s become totally impossible to predict elections and that may be true for Birmingham also.

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    Why a divided Birmingham can’t survive

    May 9th, 2016
    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.

    There are two Birminghams.

    At least two.

    The historical reason for our two Birminghams is known to most of us.  Our history of racial segregation and economic colonialism is pretty widely known.  The result of Birmingham operating under those conditions for nearly all of its first 100 years, has left people of good intentions trying to overcome a terrible legacy–a legacy of unprincipled abuse leads to a world of fear and doubt and mistrust.

    How can any white man, in a suit, be trusted? Read the rest of this entry “

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    How we in Jefferson County got screwed

    May 2nd, 2016

    Jefferson CountyWhat’s wrong with Jefferson County?

    We  suffered through a very public bankruptcy and then had a parade of County Commissioners convicted of crimes–with many serving jail time.

    We’re now paying the price with punishing sewer rates that are projected to increase for the next 40 years.

    How did we get ourselves into this mess?

    Are Jefferson County politicians more corrupt than others? Read the rest of this entry “

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    You won’t believe my experience riding a Birmingham bus!

    April 25th, 2016

    Malcolm Carmichael 1ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.

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

    A few months ago I discussed with some friends (all of us well over 65) how we might get around Birmingham if/when we could no longer drive.

    “We’d take the bus,” one replied and we all laughed. None of us had ridden a public bus since the 1960’s.  We also didn’t seem to know anyone who rode the bus.

    The members of my transportation discussion group all live in Mountain Brook or Vestavia.  “Let’s take some field trips,” I said. “Let’s catch the bus in our neighborhoods and go downtown for lunch.”

    They looked at me as if I’d suggested we all get root canals. Read the rest of this entry “

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