Category Archives: Government structure

Atlanta loses Super Bowl–Birmingham biggest loser

Super BowlThe Atlanta Falcons suffered an agonizing defeat to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.

It was a stinging loss that Atlanta fans will remember for years to come.

But as a city, Atlanta should be proud.   Not only did Atlanta have an opportunity to compete in one of the biggest sporting events in the world, but it hosted the Super Bowl in 2000 and will again in 2019. Continue reading Atlanta loses Super Bowl–Birmingham biggest loser

Nick Saban edged out by Jeffrey Bayer

Nick Saban, head football Coach University of Alabama
Nick Saban, head football Coach University of Alabama

No, this is not a typo.

Instead of Jeffrey Bayer, you may have expected, to read “Nick Saban edged out by Dabo Swinney.”

If you live in Birmingham and don’t know Nick Saban or Dabo Swinney, which seems implausible– Saban is the head football coach at Alabama and is a college football legend. Continue reading Nick Saban edged out by Jeffrey Bayer

Jeffrey Bayer announces another preposterous project

Jeffrey Bayer, Bayer Properties
Jeffrey Bayer, President  & CEO of Bayer Properties

Today’s guest blog was written by Jeffrey Bayer.

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When we proposed the Summit Shopping Center, folks told us we were insane and the City of Birmingham was accused of being irresponsible for advancing us $5 million.

We paid back that loan within two years and currently the Summit pays the City of Birmingham over $15 million a year in taxes. Continue reading Jeffrey Bayer announces another preposterous project

Why politics in Birmingham default to race

William Mohammad, member Birmingham Water Works Board
William Mohammad, Birmingham Water Works Board
David Carrington, member Jefferson County Commission
David Carrington, member Jefferson County Commission

I’ve never met William Muhammad, the newly reappointed member of the Birmingham Water Works Board (BWWB)—so I’m unable to comment on his character.

However, I’ve known Jefferson County Commissioner David Carrington for many years and can strongly testify that he’s not a racist.

In fact, Commissioner Carrington is a poster child for ‘inclusiveness.’

Continue reading Why politics in Birmingham default to race

Mtn. Brook & Vestavia don’t have to give up their schools for a better Birmingham

Mountain Brook Board of Education
Mountain Brook Board of Education

Fewer people are employed in our Birmingham-Hoover Metro Area today than in 2007.

Meanwhile cities like Nashville, Charlotte, and Austin are growing jobs exponentially.

What is wrong with us?  Why can’t we compete? Continue reading Mtn. Brook & Vestavia don’t have to give up their schools for a better Birmingham

Is Irondale gouging us?

City of Irondale Municipal Complex
City of Irondale Municipal Complex

I may be sorry I wrote this column.

Any time I write a piece that might be perceived as negative to Irondale, I’m attacked by unhappy Irondale citizens. (I respect their pride and loyalty)

However, in this particular case, I don’t know if Irondale is the devil or an angel. Continue reading Is Irondale gouging us?

Homewood kicked to the curb for trying to do the right thing

Peter Wright, President Pro Tem Homewood City Council
Peter Wright, President Pro Tem Homewood City Council

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

Today’s guest blog was written by Peter Wright as response to “Sometimes you have to laugh at Homewood.

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Thanks for all you do for the City of Birmingham, but as a member of Homewood City Council, I have to respond to your most recent article about “laughing” at “dumb” ‘ol Homewood for looking at a bus service of its own. Continue reading Homewood kicked to the curb for trying to do the right thing

Sometimes you have to laugh at Homewood

Birmingham busWhen I first saw the headline, my instinct was to laugh.

But after a few seconds I began to weep uncontrollably.

We and our Birmingham suburbs are sometimes so dumb you might think we all graduated from “Dumb School.”

While progressive southern cities make big-picture transformative decisions, we scurry back into our municipal silos and think small.

Here’s the headline… Continue reading Sometimes you have to laugh at Homewood

What’s wrong with Birmingham School Board and City Council?

Members of the Birmingham City Schools Board of Education
Members of the Birmingham City Schools Board of Education

Oh no!  It’s happened again.

Birmingham City Schools lost another superintendent.

Kelley Castlin-Gacutan was fired after 16 months—the 8th superintendent in 17 years.

How can one school board after another continue to make such bad hiring and/or firing decisions?

Continue reading What’s wrong with Birmingham School Board and City Council?

Birmingham’s rough and tumble world of political intrigue

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. Continue reading Birmingham’s rough and tumble world of political intrigue