Category Archives: Alabama Constitution

When white people tell black people what to do

If you want to measure the financial vitality of a region–look at job growth. Our Birmingham seven county metropolitan area* has fewer people employed today than in 2007. That’s nearly a decade with a net loss of jobs. Nashville, Charlotte, and Austin have had … Continue reading


Why is Mountain Brook so polarizing?

Last week Blake Scott Ball, a doctoral student in history at UA, wrote a scathing piece attacking Mountain Brook for titled A brief history of Mountain Brook picking on Birmingham. He talked about Mountain Brook’s history of ‘establishing segregation laws‘ and ‘moving … Continue reading


Birmingham punished for being in Alabama

One of the greatest obstacles to metropolitan Birmingham’s growth is too many competing governments, but that’s not the only deterrent. Being located in Alabama is also an obstacle. The Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA) publishes a report that compares key economic figures of … Continue reading


The University of Alabama does not exist

A good friend came rushing up to me as I entered the Harbert Center for a meeting.  He said, “I just found out something I bet you don’t know— “The University of Alabama doesn’t exist.” Now I’ve heard some farfetched … Continue reading


Is free UAB movement doomed?

I think most people will agree that UAB and UAH are not fairly represented on the University of Alabama Board of Trustees. Twelve of 15 trustees graduated from the University of Alabama, two graduated from UAB and none from UAH–one … Continue reading


There’s no stopping Birmingham

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. I recently attended a meeting of real estate professionals from the … Continue reading


Birmingham at mercy of outside interests

A sharecropper is someone who raises crops for the owner of a piece of land and is paid a portion of the money from the sale of the crops. We in Birmingham have always been controlled by outside landlords. Birmingham … Continue reading


What Birmingham can learn from Ferguson Missouri

In September of 2002 Dave Adkisson, the then President of our Birmingham Area Chamber of Commerce (now BBA), and I got up for an early morning jog.  We were two of approximately one hundred Birmingham political and community leaders who had … Continue reading


Can Birmingham get over its low self-esteem?

One hundred years from now, when historians write the history of Birmingham, 2013 will be the year they say changed everything. Birmingham’s been called the “City of Perpetual Promise.”  We’ve been described as the “Magic City” at our zenith and … Continue reading


Why Birmingham can never have a Mandela

We in Birmingham join in mourning of the passing of the legendary South African leader, Nelson Mandela, who died last week at the age of 95. It’s ironic that we are currently celebrating the 50th anniversary of our Civil Rights … Continue reading