Category Archives: David Sher posts

Publix wacky for building a store downtown?

Has Publix gone mad? The executives at Publix must be on drugs—bought at its own pharmacy. Why would any sane company build a grocery store in downtown Birmingham?—not just a kids sized model—but a full size grocery store—pharmacy and all. Publix must … Continue reading

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Fire Ray Watts chant makes me crazy

The UAB basketball team won nine straight home games, triumphed in the Conference USA Tournament, and captured a cherished birth in the NCAA Play Offs.  But as the clock counted down in the final moments of the Conference USA championship … Continue reading

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The hole in Jefferson County no one seems to know about

Where are they? At first I thought they had moved to surrounding counties—and some did, but that’s not the hole story. It’s common knowledge that Jefferson County’s population is stagnant—but I got curious about the details. According to the 2010 Census, … Continue reading

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The one solution that will propel Birmingham

I’ve given scores of speeches about a better Birmingham. At the beginning of my talk I always ask the same question: “Who thinks Birmingham has reached its potential?” No one has ever raised a hand.  Not one hand out of … Continue reading

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I hate the Magic City

I like Birmingham, but I don’t like our nickname, ‘The Magic City.’ I like “The Magic City” for historical purposes, and I know that is what we call ourselves, but that name is not going to get us anywhere outside … 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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White man responds to black woman’s Birmingham childhood memories

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham. Jerry Carter, wrote a piece in December titled, “Birmingham: The city of my youth makes a comeback.”  RavenBarnes responded with “Birmingham of my youth–from a black perspective.” Now … Continue reading

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Rich folks & black politicians holding Birmingham down?

Unfortunately I didn’t attend the Martin Luther King Unity Breakfast January 19th, but immediately after Tanner Colby, the speaker, began his remarks, the texts and e-mails started coming—telling me I should have been there. Since I did not hear the … Continue reading

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John Archibald got this one right

I published a piece recently titled, John Archibald—a double standard.  Some people, who probably didn’t read the piece thoroughly, thought it was an attack on Archibald.  However, I said specifically that John is an excellent writer and journalist.  Quite frankly, if … Continue reading

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John Archibald—a double standard

Writing about John Archibald might be the riskiest and dumbest thing I’ve ever done in my life, but this piece is not really about Archibald. I’m also going to write about UAB football, but this piece is not about UAB either. As … Continue reading

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