- Jonathan Pinnick
Comebacktown published by David Sher & Phyllis Neill to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.
Today’s guest blogger is Jonathan Pinnick . (We love when young professionals are guest bloggers)
I saw something during a recent trip to Regions Field that made me stop in my tracks. It was so exciting that I had to tell almost everyone I saw for the next week.
It wasn’t anything about the ballpark itself, though it is beautiful. It wasn’t anything about the game, which was great and ended with one of the many wins earned by the Birmingham Barons this season.
No, what I saw were Continue reading
Andrew Patterson, Principal at Shannon Waltchack
ComebackTown published by David Sher & Phyllis Neill to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.
Today’s guest blogger is Andrew Patterson. (We love when young professionals are guest bloggers)
I am a big Birmingham fan and have lived here for the better part of 12 years. Birmingham truly is a great city and I couldn’t see myself living anywhere else.
However, growing up in Nashville and seeing its growth over the last 30 years, I can’t help but wonder Continue reading
Anthony Joseph, President of the Alabama State Bar
Writing about something I know little about that might upset attorneys seems like a recipe for disaster.
However, I think it would be fair to say only Birmingham attorneys would be able to explain the following.
The daughter of a friend of mine is studying abroad. A fellow student discovered on the Internet that Birmingham has a separate bar association for black attorneys…and asked her why. Continue reading
I couldn’t believe my eyes. The words jumped off the page.
Why my excitement?
I attended Leadership Birmingham in 1992.
At our final session, the last speaker, a corporate leader, concluded his speech and asked if there were any questions.
I asked Continue reading
ComebackTown published by David Sher & Phyllis Neill to begin a discussion on better government for our region.
Today’s guest blogger is Glenn Kinstler. (We love when young professionals are guest bloggers)
Okay, I have two admissions to make.
They are both pretty obvious.
But before I disclose, I want to put them in context.
My name is Glenn Kinstler. I grew up in Birmingham, attended Altamont School, and received degrees from the University of Alabama and UAB. So I know a thing or two about living in Birmingham and Alabama.
Now, my disclosures… Continue reading
Tommy Bice, State Superindent of Schools
You’ve seen the headline, Retaining accreditation will be difficult for Birmingham city” schools.
“Birmingham City Schools will have a hard time remaining accredited if board members don’t…start thinking of the system as a whole, said the president of the accrediting agency that recently announced it was placing the district on probation…
… A review team from AdvancEd who was in Birmingham for several days in May found
…that individual board members were not looking out for the best interests of the system as a whole…
“The ramifications are dire Continue reading
Comebacktown published by David Sher & Phyllis Neill to begin a discussion on better government for our region.
Today’s guest blogger is Katie Turpen. (We love when young professionals are guest bloggers)
Growing up within the walls of Vestavia Hills, I was lost in a strange suburbia land. I claimed the city of Birmingham but didn’t see it as my home. I was an awkward teen searching for an identity beyond my mushroom mop and quite frankly, didn’t see a future where I was standing. Continue reading
Jeffrey Bayer, President & CEO of Bayer Properties
We were totally surprised to the response to Jeffrey Bayer’s idea to combine Jefferson County with the City of Birmingham.
Jeffrey Bayer, President and CEO of Bayer Properties, suggested in a recent guest blog that…
“We forget about these surrounding pristine municipalities, and focus on an initial step to bring together the City of Birmingham and Jefferson County. They are the two largest governments, have the most in common, could generate the most in operational economic savings, and could probably eliminate the need for occupational taxes due to operational efficiencies–thereby ridding an economic model that impedes the very growth they both covet… Continue reading
Jeffrey Bayer, President & CEO of Bayer Properties
ComebackTown is published by David Sher & Phyllis Neill to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.
Today’s guest blogger is Jeffrey Bayer. If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.
Haven’t we had enough?
Aren’t we tired of falling behind our peer cities?
Cities such as Charlotte, Nashville, Indianapolis, Jacksonville and Louisville have created their opportunities for growth because they have consolidated municipal services–not just collaborated, but changed their method of governance.
We say it can’t be done here because the cities of Vestavia Hills, Homewood, Hoover and Mountain Brook, Continue reading
View of I-20/59 built at ground level
Let’s talk about the Alabama Department of Transportation’s controversial plan for expanding and reconfiguring Interstate 20/59 through downtown Birmingham.
My understanding is the plan calls for limited access to our downtown and for the continuation of 20/59 to cut through the heart of our city.
This controversy is a case study on why our metro area is powerless Continue reading