Category Archives: Government structure

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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I’ll do anything to help B’ham schools except send my kids there

On March 1st I attended a TEDxBirmingham event at the Alys Stephens Center.  Fifteen speakers gave passionate speeches with the common theme to rediscover the magic of Birmingham. Quite frankly, it was an event I will never forget. One of … Continue reading

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What would Birmingham look like without UAB–Anniston?

To compare Birmingham with no UAB to Anniston is an unfair exaggeration and I apologize to the good citizens of Anniston.  I could have selected any mid-sized city, but I Googled “cities in Alabama” and Anniston came to the top … Continue reading

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Atlanta embarrassed–Birmingham soars

“There was no coordination around school closings, because there are more than two-dozen city and county school systems in “__________.” There was little coordination between highway clearance and service to city streets because “_________” is comprised of dozens of municipalities … Continue reading

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An idea that would transform Birmingham

How about an idea most people think would transform Birmingham–but they will not consider because they think it would be impossible to implement? You may say we don’t need to do anything different because we’re making progress.  We are making … Continue reading

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Can Birmingham get over its low self-esteem?

One hundred years from now, when historians write the history of Birmingham, 2013 will be the year they say changed everything. Birmingham’s been called the “City of Perpetual Promise.”  We’ve been described as the “Magic City” at our zenith and … Continue reading

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What do people outside of Alabama think of Birmingham?

A young business man sitting next to me on my flight from Atlanta to Philadelphia asked where I lived.  I told him I was from Birmingham and he said he was from Philadelphia. Then I asked… “What comes to mind … Continue reading

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Why Birmingham can never have a Mandela

We in Birmingham join in mourning of the passing of the legendary South African leader, Nelson Mandela, who died last week at the age of 95. It’s ironic that we are currently celebrating the 50th anniversary of our Civil Rights … Continue reading

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Why should I have to move back into Birmingham?

I hear these comments regularly… “Good column, David, but I’m perplexed why you choose to live outside Birmingham.” “If you love Birmingham so much, why don’t you move there?”   “Sher, you don’t live in Birmingham.  Why should anyone pay … Continue reading

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Birmingham and the Detached Millennials

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham. Today’s guest blogger is Steve Boswell.  We love to hear from young professionals.   If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here. “Human progress never rolls in … Continue reading

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