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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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    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.

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