Category Archives: David Sher posts

Nashville whipping Birmingham’s butt

I’m jealous. I recently read a piece in the Nashville Business Journal that made me ill. The nausea was amplified by the memories of a humiliating Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce (BBA) trip I took with about one hundred corporate, community, and … Continue reading

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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

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Is Birmingham becoming too cocky?

The CEO of one of our area’s largest companies approached me at a business reception recently and said he was concerned about Birmingham. I’ve had lots of people tell me they were worried about Birmingham, but never like this. Related Post … Continue reading

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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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