Category Archives: David Sher posts

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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Is Steven Hoyt evil?

When you read some of the remarks by (I assume) white commenters on al.com, you almost have to come to the conclusion that Steven Hoyt is the devil—some kind of black racist.  Councilor Hoyt is the City Council representative from … Continue reading

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Our good friends in Homewood should fund Railroad Park

The big controversy currently is whether the City of Birmingham should fund maintenance for Railroad Park. I love Railroad Park as do many of you.  Almost everyone agrees it has been the catalyst for just about everything good that has … Continue reading

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Birmingham: Next David to slay Goliath

When I picked up Malcom Gladwell’s most recent book, I never expected to be reading about Birmingham. David and Goliath—underdogs, misfits, and the art of battling giants features Birmingham as one of its primary stories. I enjoy reading Birmingham history, but I chose … Continue reading

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It must SUCK to be a Birmingham hater

It must be depressing to be a Birmingham hater. You guys can’t seem to get a break. You can bitch and moan about Birmingham all you want, but the tide has turned against you. It looks like “doodoo Birmingham,” one … Continue reading

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Birmingham: Why do we continue to embarrass ourselves?

Some folks want me to take sides in the Birmingham Water Works Board (BWWB) squabble, but that’s not my role.  My role as publisher of ComebackTown is to place a spotlight on why we continue to put ourselves in such … Continue reading

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