Category Archives: Population

Birmingham is surprisingly awesome

Surprisingly Awesome is my favorite podcast.  Each episode explores topics that would put most people to sleep, but the show makes boring topics interesting and fun. Subjects like pigeons, mold, or concrete become fascinating. Birmingham, Alabama would be the perfect topic … 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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Atlanta more screwed up than Birmingham

I have mixed emotions about Atlanta. There’s no doubt I feel a certain amount of envy —probably because I grew up in the ‘50’s when Birmingham and Atlanta were about the same size. I have fond memories of my dad … Continue reading

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Alabama: A great State unless you are black, gay, or Hispanic

I recently wrote a piece, “Birmingham punished for being in Alabama,” where I pointed out that job growth in Birmingham and around the state has been relatively flat while other cities in the South are flourishing. Our Birmingham-Hoover seven county … 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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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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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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