Category Archives: David Sher posts

Birmingham embarrassed by another key national ranking

We in Birmingham should be growing weary. Another national publication has punished Birmingham with a low ranking. Our self-esteem drops and our reputation is damaged. But this is ironic, because the ranking, like many others, is neither accurate nor fair.

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Something strange at Jefferson County Courthouse

Oh no! I had to go to the Jefferson County Courthouse to transact some business. Based on my previous experiences, I would rather have a ‘root canal.’ The last time I went to the courthouse there were people lined up … Continue reading

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National publication embarrasses Birmingham

I love to read positive national stories about Birmingham…and there have been a lot of them lately. So I couldn’t wait to read the article in City Lab titled, “How Birmingham thrived despite a county bankruptcy in Alabama’s largest city–a story … Continue reading

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A white mayor for Birmingham?

Last year who would have predicted that Donald Trump might win the Republican Primary? Last year who would have thought that Bernie Sanders would still be giving Hillary Clinton heartburn? People have become so unhappy with the status quo that they are willing … Continue reading

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How we in Jefferson County got screwed

What’s wrong with Jefferson County? We  suffered through a very public bankruptcy and then had a parade of County Commissioners convicted of crimes–with many serving jail time. We’re now paying the price with punishing sewer rates that are projected to increase for … Continue reading

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Birmingham is surprisingly awesome

Surprisingly Awesome is my favorite podcast.  Each episode explores topics that would put most people to sleep, but the show makes boring topics interesting and fun. Subjects like pigeons, mold, or concrete become fascinating. Birmingham, Alabama would be the perfect topic … Continue reading

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When white people tell black people what to do

If you want to measure the financial vitality of a region–look at job growth. Our Birmingham seven county metropolitan area* has fewer people employed today than in 2007. That’s nearly a decade with a net loss of jobs. Nashville, Charlotte, and Austin have had … Continue reading

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Birmingham’s misfortune (and how we’re overcoming it)

Each year from 2002 to 2008 approximately 100 business and political leaders from Birmingham traveled to cities across the U.S. The Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce BIG trips were designed to discover ideas that were successful in other cities that could be implemented … Continue reading

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Why raising the minimum wage won’t work for Birmingham

Before you folks who favor raising the Birmingham minimum wage start beating me up…please listen to what I have to say. This piece is not about whether raising the minimum wage is a good idea or not.  I’ve read arguments … Continue reading

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Why is Mountain Brook so polarizing?

Last week Blake Scott Ball, a doctoral student in history at UA, wrote a scathing piece attacking Mountain Brook for al.com titled A brief history of Mountain Brook picking on Birmingham. He talked about Mountain Brook’s history of ‘establishing segregation laws‘ and ‘moving … Continue reading

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