Tag Archives: Birmingham

Why Metro Birmingham is dysfunctional–Ask The Washington Post

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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White man responds to black woman’s Birmingham childhood memories

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham. Jerry Carter, wrote a piece in December titled, “Birmingham: The city of my youth makes a comeback.”  RavenBarnes responded with “Birmingham of my youth–from a black perspective.” Now … Continue reading

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Birmingham of my youth–from a black perspective

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham. Today’s guest blogger is RavenBarnes. As far as I know, I don’t know Mr./Ms. Barnes since his/her comments below were published in his/her user name on al.com. This is … Continue reading

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Our region’s future and the conversations we do not have

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham. Today’s guest blogger is Charles Ball.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here. Recent news that Mercedes may be moving its U.S. headquarters to … Continue reading

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Birmingham: The city of my youth makes a comeback

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham. Today’s guest blogger is Jerry Carter.  It appears it’s not just young folks thrilled with Birmingham’s comeback.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here. I … Continue reading

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Time for our old Birmingham leadership to croak

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 … Continue reading

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Call BAMA ‘UAT’—Join the witness protection program

I wrote a piece doubting the longevity of UAB Football, a young Auburn student wrote a rebuttal, and all hell broke loose on the Internet. I expected some push back—but it didn’t come from where I expected. Sher hates UAB … Continue reading

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9 year old Birmingham girl likely to be first woman President

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham. Today’s guest blogger is 9 year old Annikah Mishra. She wrote this letter to President Obama at the beginning of the school year.  She’s been patiently waiting … Continue reading

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