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    Why should I have to move back into Birmingham?

    December 3rd, 2013

    I hear these comments regularly…

    “Good column, David, but I’m perplexed why you choose to live outside Birmingham.”

    “If you love Birmingham so much, why don’t you move there?”  

    “Sher, you don’t live in Birmingham.  Why should anyone pay attention to you?”

    I grew up in Birmingham, but I’ve never kept it a secret Read the rest of this entry “


    This will article will surely get me sued

    September 10th, 2013
    Anthony Joseph

    Anthony Joseph, President of the Alabama State Bar

    Writing about something I know little about that might upset attorneys seems like a recipe for disaster.

    However, I think it would be fair to say only Birmingham attorneys would be able to explain the following.

    The daughter of a friend of mine is studying abroad.  A fellow student discovered on the Internet that Birmingham has a separate bar association for black attorneys…and asked her why. Read the rest of this entry “


    Jeffrey Bayer: An idea that could fix Birmingham

    July 30th, 2013
    Jeffrey Bayer, President & CEO of Bayer Properties

    Jeffrey Bayer, President & CEO of Bayer Properties

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

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

    Haven’t we had enough?

    Aren’t we tired of falling behind our peer cities?

    Cities such as Charlotte, Nashville, Indianapolis, Jacksonville and Louisville have created their opportunities for growth because they have consolidated municipal services–not just collaborated, but changed their method of governance.

    We say it can’t be done here because the cities of Vestavia Hills, Homewood, Hoover and Mountain Brook, Read the rest of this entry “


    Birmingham screwed up–Will we get a 2nd chance?

    July 16th, 2013
    Mark Kelly, Publisher of Weld for Birmingham

    Mark Kelly, Publisher of Weld for Birmingham

    The objective of ComebackTown is to create a conversation on a “better Birmingham.” We focus on what’s great about our region, but it’s important to identify our shortcomings.

    Many are quick to blame our politicians or corporate leadership, but the root cause of our frailties is poor government structure.

    Poor government structure leaves our Birmingham region with no one in charge and everyone frustrated.  Recently, Mark Kelly, Read the rest of this entry “


    How badly is the Univ. of Ala. hurting Birmingham?

    July 9th, 2013

    I graduated from U of A, love Bama football, and wish I could be paid a dollar every time I yell, “Roll Tide!”

    Many of my friends are just like me; except the ones that do that “War Eagle” thing.  Living in Birmingham is all about the Tide and the Tigers.

    I believe it’s written in our State Constitution  Read the rest of this entry “


    Montgomery girl has love affair

    July 2nd, 2013


    Amanda Weil Sokol

    Comebacktown published by David Sher & Phyllis Neill to begin a discussion on better government for our region.

    Today’s guest blogger is Amanda Weil Sokol. (We love when young professionals are guest bloggers)

    “Once Dying, Birmingham Suddenly Hot,” was the title of an Associated Press story that appeared recently in the New York Times and other newspapers nationwide. The well-written piece, by longtime AP writer Jay Reeves, highlighted how far Birmingham has come since the turmoil-ridden days of the Civil Rights era.

    It is a refreshing read. As someone who loves this “Magic City,” it is exciting Read the rest of this entry “

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    Damn it! Birmingham’s not that dangerous

    June 25th, 2013

    The latest FBI crime statistics will be posted everywhere soon.

    Each year, the FBI releases its crime statistics and Birmingham’s portrayed as one of the most dangerous cities in America.

    The City of Birmingham, one of 37 municipalities in Jefferson County, is measured against cities Read the rest of this entry “


    Langford and Bell may have saved Birmingham

    June 18th, 2013

    Railroad Park as pictured in Washingto Post

    Sunday, June 9th, I was watching TV when suddenly my cell phone lit up with e-mails from people everywhere.

    They couldn’t wait to tell me about the positive story about Birmingham in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, Associated Press, Yahoo News, etc. Pretty darn exciting when media everywhere are screaming, “(Birmingham) has a new vibe that’s generating buzz.”

    Every major newspaper in the U.S.must have posted the AP piece, “Once dying Birmingham is suddenly hot.”  

    I certainly loved the article, but was somewhat stunned Read the rest of this entry “


    Did Mt. Brook blow up Birmingham?

    June 11th, 2013

    (Editors note:  This article is not about Mt. Brook–it’s much broader than that.  It’s also not about the City of Birmingham–it’s about our metro. Today we examine the topic no one wants to discuss.)

    A young, well-respected business man approached me after a civic club meeting. He wanted to talk about our region’s lack of progress.

    Soon the conversation turned to our 37 municipalities in Jefferson County.

    He said he understood how competing cities hurt our region, but as a Mt. Brook resident he was not about ready to sacrifice his children’s education for better government. Read the rest of this entry “


    Thousands will move to downtown Birmingham

    June 4th, 2013

    It’s easy to predict the future of Birmingham.

    Birmingham’s usually the last to do just about everything.  So if you want to see what’s about to happen, all you have to do is look elsewhere.

    When I was Chairman of Operation New Birmingham (ONB) in 1995, CBS42 was desperately trying to build viewership for their newscast.  They were practicing “guerilla journalism” to try to shock and surprise people to build audience.

    One day at a public ONB function, a news reporter from TV42 unexpectedly thrust a microphone in my face and asked, Read the rest of this entry “


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