Tag Archives: Birmingham

UAB deserves better from Birmingham

When our Chamber of Commerce (BBA) visited Charlotte in 2004, we were greeted by the President of the University of North Carolina Charlotte. Charlotte’s a city on fire, but the first words out the President’s mouth were, “We don’t have … Continue reading

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New energetic Birmingham: Not just for young folks

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham. Today’s guest blogger is Janice James Eubank.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here. We recently had family visiting in town. Although they are … Continue reading

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Mt. Brook mini-crime spree

I’ve lived most of my life in the over the mountain communities of Mt. Brook and Vestavia Hills. I’ve worked most of my life in the City of Birmingham—primarily downtown. I’ve never felt unsafe in the suburbs or in Birmingham. … 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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Is Birmingham becoming too cocky?

The CEO of one of our area’s largest companies approached me at a business reception recently and said he was concerned about Birmingham. I’ve had lots of people tell me they were worried about Birmingham, but never like this. Related Post … Continue reading

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Publix wacky for building a store downtown?

Has Publix gone mad? The executives at Publix must be on drugs—bought at its own pharmacy. Why would any sane company build a grocery store in downtown Birmingham?—not just a kids sized model—but a full size grocery store—pharmacy and all. Publix must … Continue reading

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Fire Ray Watts chant makes me crazy

The UAB basketball team won nine straight home games, triumphed in the Conference USA Tournament, and captured a cherished birth in the NCAA Play Offs.  But as the clock counted down in the final moments of the Conference USA championship … Continue reading

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The one solution that will propel Birmingham

I’ve given scores of speeches about a better Birmingham. At the beginning of my talk I always ask the same question: “Who thinks Birmingham has reached its potential?” No one has ever raised a hand.  Not one hand out of … Continue reading

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I hate the Magic City

I like Birmingham, but I don’t like our nickname, ‘The Magic City.’ I like “The Magic City” for historical purposes, and I know that is what we call ourselves, but that name is not going to get us anywhere outside … Continue reading

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Birmingham at mercy of outside interests

A sharecropper is someone who raises crops for the owner of a piece of land and is paid a portion of the money from the sale of the crops. We in Birmingham have always been controlled by outside landlords. Birmingham … Continue reading

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