Category Archives: Corporate community

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

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 … Continue reading

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Why raising the minimum wage won’t work for Birmingham

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 … Continue reading

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Leading the parade of professionals back downtown

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham. Today’s guest blogger is John Shank.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here. This wouldn’t have happened five years ago. It wouldn’t have happened … Continue reading

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How to extort money from City of Homewood

We have a little game us business people play in Birmingham—and we’re darn good at it. When it’s time to renew the lease on our building—we go to our home city or surrounding cities and demand money. And it’s so … Continue reading

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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

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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

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WOW! The response took my breath away

I never could have predicted this would happen. When we started talking about a better metropolitan Birmingham with an emphasis on government structure, no one took us seriously. Now in a short 30 months, dialogue about government structure and particularly government … Continue reading

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Young professional: How to make it in Birmingham

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham. Today’s guest blogger is Taylor Peake Wyatt .  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here. When I recently read the guest blog on ComebackTown, A … Continue reading

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Birmingham’s real image

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham. Today’s guest blogger is Jake McKenzie.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here. A little over a decade ago, the head of Nissan North … Continue reading

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Is Steven Hoyt evil?

When you read some of the remarks by (I assume) white commenters on al.com, you almost have to come to the conclusion that Steven Hoyt is the devil—some kind of black racist.  Councilor Hoyt is the City Council representative from … Continue reading

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