Category Archives: Government structure

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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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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Birmingham: Can we all get along?

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham. Today’s guest blogger is Willie Chriesman.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here. “Can We All Get Along?” It was a desperate cry from … Continue reading

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Did Birmingham blow its one big chance?

I got into a heated conversation with a good friend. She told me she read that Huntsville may soon pass Birmingham as the largest city in Alabama–and was sure Birmingham would soon be relegated to second place. This made no sense to … Continue reading

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Nick Saban proves we in Birmingham are a bunch of suckers

I must be nuts. I’m actually writing an article that might be perceived as negative about the most popular and respected man in Alabama—maybe in Alabama history. This story broke January 9th; about the same time Nick Saban and the … Continue reading

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Let’s step out of our ‘Little Kingdom’ and unite for a better Birmingham

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham Today’s guest blogger was written by a commenter who calls him/herself ‘bhamthoughts’.   (ComebackTown generally does not publish anonymous blogs–but it’s difficult to find people willing to … Continue reading

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No need for Birmingham to be a media laughingstock

I’ve agonized whether to publish this piece about our region’s propensity for humiliation. One of my best friends warned me, “Why bring it up?…move on and forget it.” I think we can be fairly certain, however, we are just around the corner from … Continue reading

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Mountain Brook points fingers at Birmingham

I love to write about Mountain Brook. People are interested in Mountain Brook and I know a lot about the subject matter–since I’ve lived much of my life and raised my children there.  (I now live in Vestavia Hills) When … Continue reading

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What folks in Mt. Brook and Vestavia are losing

I’m uniquely qualified to write about living in Mountain Brook and Vestavia Hills. I grew up and raised my children in Mountain Brook and about ten years ago my wife and I moved to Vestavia. People in Birmingham– whether they live in … Continue reading

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