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 leadership to step aside.
The next generation of Birmingham leaders does not understand our racial divide. They grew up in a different time and they see the possibilities and advantages of a common vision.
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 progress, but let‘s look at how metro Birmingham compares to our regional rivals in several key areas. (Birmingham Business Journal January 10, 2014).
We started publishing the ComebackTown blog nearly a year ago to begin a discussion on improving government for metro Birmingham.
We had become completely frustrated because no community leader was willing to discuss better government. The response was always, “That’s impossible…so let’s concentrate on something that’s doable.” Of course, it’s impossible to achieve anything meaningful because of poor government structure.
With Vulcan Materialsfacing a hostile takeover bid from a North Carolina-based competitor, Birmingham is on the verge of losing another public company headquarters. Even if Vulcan survives, the trend is ominous.