Tag Archives: Birmingham

How Birmingham can become a major player on the world stage

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham. Today’s guest blogger is Brad Toland.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here. It’s no secret that Birmingham has radically undergone a change of … Continue reading

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National publication embarrasses Birmingham

I love to read positive national stories about Birmingham…and there have been a lot of them lately. So I couldn’t wait to read the article in City Lab titled, “How Birmingham thrived despite a county bankruptcy in Alabama’s largest city–a story … Continue reading

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A white mayor for Birmingham?

Last year who would have predicted that Donald Trump might win the Republican Primary? Last year who would have thought that Bernie Sanders would still be giving Hillary Clinton heartburn? People have become so unhappy with the status quo that they are willing … Continue reading

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Why a divided Birmingham can’t survive

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham. Today’s guest blogger is Maury Shevin.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here. There are two Birminghams. At least two. The historical reason for … Continue reading

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How we in Jefferson County got screwed

What’s wrong with Jefferson County? We  suffered through a very public bankruptcy and then had a parade of County Commissioners convicted of crimes–with many serving jail time. We’re now paying the price with punishing sewer rates that are projected to increase for … Continue reading

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You won’t believe my experience riding a Birmingham bus!

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham. Today’s guest blogger is Malcolm Carmichael.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here. A few months ago I discussed with some friends (all of … Continue reading

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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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We moved from the suburbs to Avondale and love it

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham. Today’s guest blogger is Claire Parker.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here. It was the energy. The energy we felt when we drove … Continue reading

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When white people tell black people what to do

If you want to measure the financial vitality of a region–look at job growth. Our Birmingham seven county metropolitan area* has fewer people employed today than in 2007. That’s nearly a decade with a net loss of jobs. Nashville, Charlotte, and Austin have had … Continue reading

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Why raising the minimum wage won’t work for Birmingham

Before you folks who favor raising the Birmingham minimum wage start beating me up…please listen to what I have to say. This piece is not about whether raising the minimum wage is a good idea or not.  I’ve read arguments … Continue reading

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