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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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    Birmingham is surprisingly awesome

    April 18th, 2016
    Rotary Trail--Birmingham is surprisingly awesome

    Rotary Trail–Birmingham is surprisingly awesome (Photo courtesy of Rotary Club of Birmingham)

    Surprisingly Awesome is my favorite podcast.  Each episode explores topics that would put most people to sleep, but the show makes boring topics interesting and fun.

    Subjects like pigeons, mold, or concrete become fascinating.

    Birmingham, Alabama would be the perfect topic for the show.

    Birmingham may sound boring—but Birmingham is Surprisingly Awesome. Read the rest of this entry “

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    We moved from the suburbs to Avondale and love it

    April 11th, 2016
    Claire Parker

    Claire Parker

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

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

    It was the energy.

    The energy we felt when we drove in to the city for dinner, music, theater, walking or picnics.  That energy drew us in frequently, and ultimately we moved in to Avondale from the suburbs over a year ago.

    It’s been everything we were looking for and much more. Read the rest of this entry “

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    When white people tell black people what to do

    April 4th, 2016
    Race is the big elephant in Birmingham's room

    Race is the big elephant in Birmingham’s room (Photo courtesy of Birmingham Zoo)

    If you want to measure the financial vitality of a region–look at job growth.

    Our Birmingham seven county metropolitan areahas fewer people employed today than in 2007.

    That’s nearly a decade with a net loss of jobs.

    Nashville, Charlotte, and Austin have had double digit increases.

    According to the Birmingham Business Journal, (Metropolitan) “Birmingham is down about 19,100 jobs from its pre-recession peak.”

    Much of the blame belongs to our racial divide–provoked by our fragmented government structure.

    Angry blacks rail against white government Read the rest of this entry “

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    Birmingham hits a grand slam homerun!

    March 28th, 2016
    Jeb Stewart

    Jeb Stewart

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

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

    Birmingham’s spirit as a comeback town has been well-reflected by the attendance last season at Regions Field, as the Barons set another record at the turnstiles.

    The final attendance total was 444,639, making it second-highest regular season in franchise history behind the “Michael Jordan Year” of 1994 (467,867). 2015 also marked the third year in a row where the attendance topped the previous year.  Read the rest of this entry “

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    Birmingham’s misfortune (and how we’re overcoming it)

    March 21st, 2016
    Rickwood Field--the oldest baseball park in America

    Rickwood Field–the oldest baseball park in America

    Each year from 2002 to 2008 approximately 100 business and political leaders from Birmingham traveled to cities across the U.S.

    The Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce BIG trips were designed to discover ideas that were successful in other cities that could be implemented here in Birmingham.

    Much was learned, but every year we came home and lamented Birmingham’s stroke of misfortune.

    Read the rest of this entry “

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    Why raising the minimum wage won’t work for Birmingham

    March 14th, 2016
    Two fireworks superstores on I-20 in Alabama near Georgia line; one on each side of Interstate

    Fireworks superstores on I-20 in Alabama near Georgia line on each side of Interstate

    Before you folks who favor raising the Birmingham minimum wage start beating me up…please listen to what I have to say.

    This piece is not about whether raising the minimum wage is a good idea or not.  I’ve read arguments for and against and I’m not taking sides.

    This is about raising the minimum wage specifically for the City of Birmingham. Read the rest of this entry “

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    Children’s of Alabama: the 10th busiest pediatric center in America

    March 7th, 2016
    Mike Warren

    Michael Warren, CEO of Children’s of Alabama

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

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

    After having been at Children’s of Alabama for over eight years, I want to share some thoughts.

    Over 100 years ago a small group of dedicated volunteers recognized a great community need and began what would become Children’s of Alabama.

    I think our organization today would make them extremely proud as we have grown to be a tremendous asset for the health of children throughout Alabama and the surrounding area.  Read the rest of this entry “

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    Why is Mountain Brook so polarizing?

    February 29th, 2016
    Mercutio Southall Jr., being escorted out of Donald Trump rally in Birmingham

    Mercutio Southall Jr. being escorted out of Donald Trump rally in Birmingham

    Last week Blake Scott Ball, a doctoral student in history at UA, wrote a scathing piece attacking Mountain Brook for al.com titled A brief history of Mountain Brook picking on Birmingham.

    He talked about Mountain Brook’s history of ‘establishing segregation laws‘ and ‘moving children out of Birmingham school systems.’

    Then there was the national news story in November when Mercutio Southall Jr. was attacked at the Donald Trump rally at the BJCC and complained,“Birmingham is 75 percent black, so why did he (Trump) choose to come here?  He could have gone to Mountain Brook…”

    Why is Mountain Brook such a lightning rod?
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    Birmingham: Can we all get along?

    February 22nd, 2016
    Willie Chriesman

    Willie Chriesman

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

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

    “Can We All Get Along?”

    It was a desperate cry from the late Rodney King who spoke those words in the wake of the Los Angeles riots of 1992.

    But too often when that question is asked of local government leaders around here, the answer seems usually to be “no.” Read the rest of this entry “

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