Category Archives: David Sher posts

Is Birmingham destined to become a suburb of Atlanta?

Folks in Birmingham squabble a lot, but there’s one thing we agree on —none of us want Birmingham to become another Atlanta. Because the growth of metropolitan Birmingham has been so slow, I haven’t spent much time worrying about Birmingham … Continue reading

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4 Reasons Birmingham may be the Garden of Eden

My daughter, Melanie, and I finished lunch at Niki’s West and drove onto I-65 from Finley Avenue towards downtown. Suddenly the car ahead started swerving side to side.  Then it veered to the left, hit the concrete barricade, and reversed … Continue reading

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What Birmingham can learn from Ferguson Missouri

In September of 2002 Dave Adkisson, the then President of our Birmingham Area Chamber of Commerce (now BBA), and I got up for an early morning jog.  We were two of approximately one hundred Birmingham political and community leaders who had … Continue reading

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Can Birmingham survive without Uber?

I’ve never seen anything like this Uber thing. People regularly challenge me to write about specific topics relating to Birmingham, but the interest in Uber is beyond insane. I’ve been bombarded by e-mails from folks supporting Uber and describing Birmingham City Councilor Kim Rafferty … 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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The worst thing to happen to America and Birmingham

I attended Gary Palmer’s victory celebration at the Birmingham Marriott and I was blinded by the “white.”  There may have been an African-American there, but I didn’t see one.  This should not be a surprise since Alabama’s 6th Congressional District … Continue reading

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Birmingham: much richer than you think

Have you ever heard someone say, “Birmingham’s limited because we don’t have the wealth of other cities?” That’s just not true. Many of us think of Birmingham as this impoverished town with low wages and a poor standard of living.  But the … Continue reading

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Is David Sher a nincompoop?

I don’t know if I was prepared for what was in store for me when I began publishing ComebackTown 2 1/2 years ago.  I had a simple goal to provide a forum to begin a conversation about a better Birmingham. Who … Continue reading

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Gary Palmer has a novel idea

I was talking with a good friend before the 6th Congressional Runoff Debate at Regions Field between Paul DeMarco and Gary Palmer. I told him Cliff Sims, the publisher of Yellowhammer and one of the panelists, had solicited questions for the … Continue reading

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This number will scare the bejeebies out of you

Do you have bejeebies? If you do, your bejeebies will be obliterated when you see the one  depressing statistic that best describes the economic health of metropolitan Birmingham. Please note we’re not talking about just the City of Birmingham or Jefferson County.  We’re talking … Continue reading

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