Category Archives: Government structure

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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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: 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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