Category Archives: Government structure

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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Fire Ray Watts chant makes me crazy

The UAB basketball team won nine straight home games, triumphed in the Conference USA Tournament, and captured a cherished birth in the NCAA Play Offs.  But as the clock counted down in the final moments of the Conference USA championship … Continue reading

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The hole in Jefferson County no one seems to know about

Where are they? At first I thought they had moved to surrounding counties—and some did, but that’s not the hole story. It’s common knowledge that Jefferson County’s population is stagnant—but I got curious about the details. According to the 2010 Census, … Continue reading

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There’s no stopping Birmingham

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham. Today’s guest blogger is Maury Shevin.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here. I recently attended a meeting of real estate professionals from the … Continue reading

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The one solution that will propel Birmingham

I’ve given scores of speeches about a better Birmingham. At the beginning of my talk I always ask the same question: “Who thinks Birmingham has reached its potential?” No one has ever raised a hand.  Not one hand out of … Continue reading

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Birmingham at mercy of outside interests

A sharecropper is someone who raises crops for the owner of a piece of land and is paid a portion of the money from the sale of the crops. We in Birmingham have always been controlled by outside landlords. Birmingham … Continue reading

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Rich folks & black politicians holding Birmingham down?

Unfortunately I didn’t attend the Martin Luther King Unity Breakfast January 19th, but immediately after Tanner Colby, the speaker, began his remarks, the texts and e-mails started coming—telling me I should have been there. Since I did not hear the … Continue reading

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Time for our old Birmingham leadership to croak

The above title is not my quote because I would be one of the “croakers,” but it’s something I hear from the younger generation regularly.  Okay, they may not use the word, “croak,” but they say it’s time for our old … Continue reading

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