Category Archives: Population

Is Birmingham destined to become a suburb of Atlanta?

Folks in Birmingham squabble a lot, but there’s one thing we agree on —none of us want Birmingham to become another Atlanta. Because the growth of metropolitan Birmingham has been so slow, I haven’t spent much time worrying about Birmingham … 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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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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Metro Birmingham should secede from Alabama

As you may have heard a petition filed by a Chuncula resident seeking Alabama’s withdrawal from the U.S. reached 25,000 signatures and now requires a response from the White House. The petition asks the administration to “peacefully grant the state … Continue reading

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Republican National Convention to be held in Birmingham 2016

This headline is not true. It could have proclaimed, “Democratic National Convention to be held in Birmingham in 2016,” but for sure no one would have believed that one. Of course most of you didn’t believe the headline anyway since, even though … Continue reading

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Can our suburbs survive if Birmingham is a donut hole?

I live in Vestavia Hills—I don’t really want to live around a donut hole. The numbers are frightening. Birmingham’s population fell… 12% in the 60’s 5% in the 70’s 6% in the 80’s 9% in the 90’s 12% in the … Continue reading

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