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    Birmingham: Bear Bryant may be turning over in his grave

    July 26th, 2016
    Paul Bear Bryant

    Paul Bear Bryant

    I graduated from the University of Alabama in 1965.

    If you are a college football fan you may remember that between 1961 and 1965 UA won three NCAA College National Championships.

    Joe Namath was our quarterback, but more importantly, our coach was the legendary Paul Bear Bryant.

    No need to give a history lesson on Coach Bryant, but unless you’re of a certain age, you may not know one important fact about the Bear. Read the rest of this entry “

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    How we slashed crime by 70% in downtown Birmingham

    July 20th, 2016
    Douglas Stewart,

    Douglas Stewart

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

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

    The story you are about to hear is truly remarkable.

    If an author had written it as a plot in a book, you wouldn’t have thought it possible.

    For many years downtown Birmingham had the reputation of being unsafe.

    Many people had given up on our downtown.  There were vacant buildings everywhere and businesses were rushing to the suburbs never to return. Read the rest of this entry “

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    Birmingham embarrassed by another key national ranking

    July 13th, 2016
    Crestline Village in Mountain Brook. One of many Jefferson County municipalities not in Birmingham

    Crestline Village in Mountain Brook, one of many Jefferson County municipalities.

    We in Birmingham should be growing weary.

    Another national publication has punished Birmingham with a low ranking.

    Our self-esteem drops and our reputation is damaged.

    But this is ironic, because the ranking, like many others, is neither accurate nor fair.

    Read the rest of this entry “

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    How Birmingham can become a major player on the world stage

    July 6th, 2016
    Brad Toland

    Brad Toland

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

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

    It’s no secret that Birmingham has radically undergone a change of identity over the last several years.  New developments are happening so quickly that it can be hard to keep up with them all.

    However, just like the fifteen year old that decides to attempt personal reinvention over the summer, sometimes the changes aren’t necessarily for the best in the long run, and need to be carefully considered with a focus on long term impacts. Read the rest of this entry “

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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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