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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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David Carrington: “I don’t care!”

I wrote most of this piece about Commissioner Carrington a few months ago, but did not publish it for fear it would appear too political. Now that the Jefferson County Commission election is over, I feel more comfortable making my … Continue reading

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The worst thing to happen to America and Birmingham

I attended Gary Palmer’s victory celebration at the Birmingham Marriott and I was blinded by the “white.”  There may have been an African-American there, but I didn’t see one.  This should not be a surprise since Alabama’s 6th Congressional District … Continue reading

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This number will scare the bejeebies out of you

Do you have bejeebies? If you do, your bejeebies will be obliterated when you see the one  depressing statistic that best describes the economic health of metropolitan Birmingham. Please note we’re not talking about just the City of Birmingham or Jefferson County.  We’re talking … Continue reading

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Is Steven Hoyt evil?

When you read some of the remarks by (I assume) white commenters on al.com, you almost have to come to the conclusion that Steven Hoyt is the devil—some kind of black racist.  Councilor Hoyt is the City Council representative from … Continue reading

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Birmingham: Why do we continue to embarrass ourselves?

Some folks want me to take sides in the Birmingham Water Works Board (BWWB) squabble, but that’s not my role.  My role as publisher of ComebackTown is to place a spotlight on why we continue to put ourselves in such … Continue reading

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What do people outside of Alabama think of Birmingham?

A young business man sitting next to me on my flight from Atlanta to Philadelphia asked where I lived.  I told him I was from Birmingham and he said he was from Philadelphia. Then I asked… “What comes to mind … Continue reading

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Why Birmingham can never have a Mandela

We in Birmingham join in mourning of the passing of the legendary South African leader, Nelson Mandela, who died last week at the age of 95. It’s ironic that we are currently celebrating the 50th anniversary of our Civil Rights … Continue reading

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Why should I have to move back into Birmingham?

I hear these comments regularly… “Good column, David, but I’m perplexed why you choose to live outside Birmingham.” “If you love Birmingham so much, why don’t you move there?”   “Sher, you don’t live in Birmingham.  Why should anyone pay … Continue reading

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The one big thing Birmingham could learn from Nashville

How’s it possible for similar Southern cities three hours apart to have totally different outcomes? Amazingly the fortunes for both Birmingham and Nashville changed drastically in one pivotal year. The year was 1963—exactly 50 years ago. 1963 was the year … Continue reading

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