Category Archives: Government structure

Council pay increase may be good for Birmingham

I’m confident this opinion piece will make many of you crazy. But before you beat me up, please take a moment and read what I have to say.  If you still disagree, then feel free to respond. Our Birmingham City Council … Continue reading

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Political process in Birmingham actually working

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham. Today’s guest blogger is Tripp Watson.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here. I have an ominous suggestion for you: The political process in … Continue reading

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Atlanta more screwed up than Birmingham

I have mixed emotions about Atlanta. There’s no doubt I feel a certain amount of envy —probably because I grew up in the ‘50’s when Birmingham and Atlanta were about the same size. I have fond memories of my dad … 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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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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The University of Alabama does not exist

A good friend came rushing up to me as I entered the Harbert Center for a meeting.  He said, “I just found out something I bet you don’t know— “The University of Alabama doesn’t exist.” Now I’ve heard some farfetched … Continue reading

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Nashville whipping Birmingham’s butt

I’m jealous. I recently read a piece in the Nashville Business Journal that made me ill. The nausea was amplified by the memories of a humiliating Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce (BBA) trip I took with about one hundred corporate, community, and … Continue reading

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