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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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Jeffrey Bayer sticks his neck out

ComebackTown is published by David Sher & Phyllis Neill to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham. Today’s guest blogger is Jeffrey Bayer.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please  click here. On July 30, 2013, I posted a blog proposing we … Continue reading

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Birmingham: No one wants to talk about race

Recently, I authored an artcle titled, “Surely this article will get me sued.” It was about the daughter of a friend of mine who while studying abroad was asked by a fellow student why Birmingham had a separate bar association … Continue reading

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Birmingham’s 50 most influential execs—maybe not?

On August 30, 2013, The Birmingham Business Journal (BBJ) published a list of Birmingham’s 50 most influential executives.  (Click here to see BBJ list of 50 most influential executives) The BBJ tried to answer the question, “Who holds the power … Continue reading

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Birmingham 2043: Pinch me

I couldn’t believe my eyes.  The words jumped off the page. Why my excitement? I attended Leadership Birmingham in 1992. At our final session, the last speaker, a corporate leader, concluded his speech and asked if there were any questions. … Continue reading

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Good-bye Birmingham Schools?

You’ve seen the headline, Retaining accreditation will be difficult for Birmingham city” schools. “Birmingham City Schools will have a hard time remaining accredited if board members don’t…start thinking of the system as a whole, said the president of the accrediting … Continue reading

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