Category Archives: Alabama Constitution

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

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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

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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

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

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 … Continue reading

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

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.  … Continue reading

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Why Birmingham’s government is so screwed up

The primary objective of ComebackTown is to create a conversation on a “better Birmingham.” We often talk about what’s great about our metro, but we also want to identify our shortcomings so we can begin to propose solutions. Many are … Continue reading

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How 155 white guys are ruining Alabama

  Comebacktown published by David Sher & Phyllis Neill to begin a discussion on better government for our region. Today’s guest blogger is John Northrop. If Birmingham is a “comeback town,” what do we want to come back to? Surely not … Continue reading

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Article on Birmingham will make you vomit

I received an e-mail from a good friend, Henry Long, with a link to an article about Birmingham that made me sick to my stomach. It was an American Thinker piece titled “Civil Rights and the Collapse of Birmingham, Ala.” … Continue reading

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Is John Rogers a nut?

“We’re going to fix it where they can’t get permission to go to the bathroom.”   This is State Representative John Roger’s warning to Jefferson County Commissioners in retaliation for their decision to discontinue in patient services at Cooper Green. I’ve … Continue reading

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Metro Birmingham ranked 197th out of 200

I hear it everywhere, “Metro Birmingham’s doing fine; it’s the City of Birmingham that has problems.  Life is great in the suburbs; if the City implodes, that’s not my problem.” If we’re all doing so great, how do you explain … Continue reading

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