Category Archives: David Sher posts

Why Metro Birmingham is dysfunctional–Ask The Washington Post

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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UAB beat Saban & 5 other things I learned from writing about the UAB football fiasco

Yes, it’s true. On September 23, 2000 the UAB Blazers beat LSU 13 to 10 and spoiled LSU’s homecoming.  Nick Saban was the LSU Coach and Jimbo Fisher, now head coach at FSU, was an assistant. I also learned… It … Continue reading

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Ray Watts: A good man at the wrong place at the wrong time

I am dumbfounded by the unfair personal attacks against Dr. Ray Watts and UAB’s decision to shut down football. We say we want brave leaders who are willing to make unpopular decisions when it’s for the greater good—but that certainly … Continue reading

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Time for our old Birmingham leadership to croak

The above title is not my quote because I would be one of the “croakers,” but it’s something I hear from the younger generation regularly.  Okay, they may not use the word, “croak,” but they say it’s time for our old … Continue reading

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