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    Birmingham’s rough and tumble world of political intrigue

    September 28th, 2016
    Maury Shevin
    Maury Shevin

    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.

    For the last nine months, I have been meeting with opinion leaders and opinion makers both within and without the City of Birmingham to find out what a run for the Birmingham City Council would take. Read the rest of this entry “

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    Are black politicians what’s wrong with Birmingham?

    September 20th, 2016
    Jonathan Austin, President of the Birmingham City Council & Mayor William Bell
    Jonathan Austin, President of the Birmingham City Council & Mayor William Bell

    Week after week I read comments on al.com and on social media blaming Birmingham’s misfortunes on black politicians.

    They infer Birmingham would be a better city if whites were in control.

    Recently ComebackTown published a piece on efforts to designate our Civil Rights District as a new National Historic Park.

    I immediately received a tweet, “Aren’t you embarrassed by what black people have done to Birmingham once they took COMPLETE political control of the city?” Read the rest of this entry “

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    Young professional: Why I came back to Birmingham

    September 13th, 2016
    Roman Gary
    Roman Gary

    ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.

    Today’s guest blogger is Roman Gary.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

    My name is Roman Gary.

    As you can tell from my photograph, I’m a young African-American.

    What you can’t tell is that I attended Ramsay High School and graduated from Auburn.

    You also can’t tell that I’m married, have a baby girl, and am a principal in a local architecture firm.

    You also wouldn’t know that I chose to move back to Birmingham when many of my professional friends moved away.

    Why Birmingham?  Here is my story…

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    3 hellish numbers wrecking Birmingham

    September 6th, 2016
    Hellish number wrecking Birmingham
    Hellish number wrecking Birmingham

    Here are those ‘hellish’ numbers:  37, 53, and 24.

    But you will have to see the list at the end of this piece to understand the magnitude of the problem.

    Let’s start with a question:  Would you know where to drive if I invited you to lunch in North Johns?

    How about Maytown?

    Or Sylvan Springs?

    Don’t know where these cities are located?

    Well you should. Read the rest of this entry “

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    Birmingham: We can change the world

    August 31st, 2016
    Andrea L. Taylor, President and CEO Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
    Andrea L. Taylor, President & CEO Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

    ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.

    Today’s guest blogger is Andrea Taylor..  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

    Wish me happy anniversary.  I’m celebrating my first year in Birmingham this month.

    I’ve lived, worked, and traveled the U.S. and visited more than 70 countries on seven continents.

    I see Birmingham through a unique lens and have been made to feel very welcome here.

    If  asked about the history of Birmingham, you might tell me about Bull Connor, dogs and hoses, or the 1963 church bombing.

    You might feel embarrassed about Birmingham and prefer the world forgets.

    However, Birmingham’s tortuous history may be our biggest strength. Read the rest of this entry “

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    Mountain Brook gal: Achieving my dreams in downtown Birmingham

    August 24th, 2016
    Mimi Shannon
    Mimi Shannon

    ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.

    Today’s guest blogger is Mimi Shannon.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

    At this second, writing this article, I am sitting right next door to my apartment building on the brand new Rotary Trail.

    The sun is setting, the “Magic City” sign is changing from red to white, there is a black family with their kids that are playing on an abstract cement seat, a preppy looking young white father and his two toddler children walking by, a young hippie couple admiring the trail, Zyp bikes flying above me on 1st Avenue South, and runners galore.

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    Red Mountain Park faces a difficult future

    August 17th, 2016
    David Dionne, Executive Director, Red Mountain Park
    David Dionne, Executive Director, Red Mountain Park

    ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.

    Today’s guest blogger is David Dionne.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

    I’m frustrated.

    That’s why I’m willing to go out on a limb and disclose what’s going on at Red Mountain Park.

    I see so much potential for Birmingham, for Red Mountain Park, and for our regional park system.

    But the public, our potential donors, and government officials don’t seem to understand what we’re up against. Read the rest of this entry “

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    Birmingham slammed twice by national publication

    August 9th, 2016
    Creek along Jemison Train, Mountain Brook--calm and peaceful
    Jemison Trail, Mountain Brook, located in our Birmingham region (no stress here) Photo by Barry Leff

    Okay, we were embarrassed again…

    …actually twice within two weeks by the same publication.

    But I keep having this unsettling thought.

    What if we live in one of the most livable cities in America, but these preposterous loony rankings convince us and people elsewhere that we’re a bunch of losers? Read the rest of this entry “

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    Does anyone give a damn about Vulcan?

    August 3rd, 2016
    Even Vulcan is embarrassed--drawing by Adam Stermer
    Vulcan has a serious problem–drawing by Adam Stermer

    Vulcan has a problem–a serious problem!

    I find this distressing since I have a soft spot in my heart for this not so lovable Roman God.

    I can’t imagine a Birmingham without Vulcan…and no other city in the U.S. or abroad has anything like him.

    This 50-ton cast iron statue (the largest in the world) was a meaningful part of my childhood.

    When I was a boy, I remember the slow/squeaky elevator ride up to the viewing platform where I was rewarded with a stunning view of Birmingham. Read the rest of this entry “

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    Birmingham: Bear Bryant may be turning over in his grave

    July 26th, 2016
    Paul Bear Bryant
    Paul Bear Bryant

    I graduated from the University of Alabama in 1965.

    If you are a college football fan you may remember that between 1961 and 1965 UA won three NCAA College National Championships.

    Joe Namath was our quarterback, but more importantly, our coach was the legendary Paul Bear Bryant.

    No need to give a history lesson on Coach Bryant, but unless you’re of a certain age, you may not know one important fact about the Bear. Read the rest of this entry “

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