When 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
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?
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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
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. Continue reading 3 hellish numbers wrecking Birmingham
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? Continue reading Birmingham slammed twice by national publication
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. Continue reading Birmingham: Bear Bryant may be turning over in his grave
We in Birmingham should be growing weary.
Another national publication has punished Birmingham with a low ranking.
Our self-esteem drops and our reputation is damaged.
But this is ironic, because the ranking, like many others, is neither accurate nor fair.
Continue reading Birmingham embarrassed by another key national ranking
I love to read positive national stories about Birmingham…and there have been a lot of them lately.
So I couldn’t wait to read the article in City Lab titled, “How Birmingham thrived despite a county bankruptcy in Alabama’s largest city–a story of economic confidence in an unlikely place.”
“A story of economic confidence in an unlikely place.”
Yes, the piece bragged about Birmingham. It described how we’ve thrived since the Jefferson County’s bankruptcy.
But then the author hit us in the face with a pie… Continue reading National publication embarrasses Birmingham
What’s wrong with Jefferson County?
We suffered through a very public bankruptcy and then had a parade of County Commissioners convicted of crimes–with many serving jail time.
We’re now paying the price with punishing sewer rates that are projected to increase for the next 40 years.
How did we get ourselves into this mess?
Are Jefferson County politicians more corrupt than others? Continue reading How we in Jefferson County got screwed
If you want to measure the financial vitality of a region–look at job growth.
Our Birmingham seven county metropolitan area* has fewer people employed today than in 2007.
That’s nearly a decade with a net loss of jobs.
Nashville, Charlotte, and Austin have had double digit increases.
According to the Birmingham Business Journal, (Metropolitan) “Birmingham is down about 19,100 jobs from its pre-recession peak.”
Much of the blame belongs to our racial divide–provoked by our fragmented government structure.
Angry blacks rail against white government Continue reading When white people tell black people what to do