Category Archives: David Sher posts

2010—the year that changed Birmingham forever

There are two important dates in the history of Birmingham:  1871 when Birmingham was founded and 2010 when Birmingham found itself. I’ve lived in Birmingham my entire life.  I’ve always hoped for a better Birmingham, but I never imagined the … Continue reading

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Birmingham and the Walking Dead

Watch out!  There are zombies in Birmingham. I’m currently binge-watching The Walking Dead.”—the TV series about a small band of survivors struggling to live day to day in an apocalyptic world overrun by flesh-eating zombies. The survivors are strong-willed, tenacious—and … Continue reading

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Alabama: A great State unless you are black, gay, or Hispanic

I recently wrote a piece, “Birmingham punished for being in Alabama,” where I pointed out that job growth in Birmingham and around the state has been relatively flat while other cities in the South are flourishing. Our Birmingham-Hoover seven county … Continue reading

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Glenn Beck: Birmingham will restart America

On the evening of June 17, 2015, a mass shooting took place at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston.  Nine people were shot and killed. You can’t help but wonder, ‘What if nine people had been executed in … Continue reading

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Birmingham punished for being in Alabama

One of the greatest obstacles to metropolitan Birmingham’s growth is too many competing governments, but that’s not the only deterrent. Being located in Alabama is also an obstacle. The Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA) publishes a report that compares key economic figures of … Continue reading

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UAB deserves better from Birmingham

When our Chamber of Commerce (BBA) visited Charlotte in 2004, we were greeted by the President of the University of North Carolina Charlotte. Charlotte’s a city on fire, but the first words out the President’s mouth were, “We don’t have … Continue reading

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Grinney and Krulak agree on how to fix Birmingham

Metropolitan Birmingham is the only one of our peer cities to lose jobs from 2001-2010 and from 2011-2013 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) Many folks feel the reason for our poor job performance is too many competing  governments. Why don’t we … 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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Bayer and Sher don’t have a prayer

Here’s a story about POWER and Jeffrey Bayer. On November 14, Jeffrey Bayer, President and CEO of Bayer Properties, and I were scheduled to deliver a speech about regional governance at a symposium of Birmingham area commercial real estate professionals … Continue reading

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Mt. Brook mini-crime spree

I’ve lived most of my life in the over the mountain communities of Mt. Brook and Vestavia Hills. I’ve worked most of my life in the City of Birmingham—primarily downtown. I’ve never felt unsafe in the suburbs or in Birmingham. … Continue reading

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