Category Archives: Guest blogger

Is it okay for Chattanooga to beat us too?

Scott Crawford
Scott Crawford

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

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

Chattanooga used to be a sleepy, smelly, backward southern industrial town.

Not anymore.

Chattanooga has made one shrewd decision after another.

Chattanooga built a great Riverwalk, an amazing Aquarium, and it saved its historic train station.  (Chattanooga Choo Choo) Continue reading Is it okay for Chattanooga to beat us too?

Birmingham becoming epicenter for technology, startups, and entrepreneurs

Kathleen Hamrick
Kathleen Hamrick (Photo by Bob Farley)

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

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

I’m a 29 year old millennial living here in Birmingham with a passion for entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology.

I travel often to the East and West coast and I’ve seen other innovation ecosystems, met investors, and gotten to know successful startup founders from all walks of life, and I can tell you that it’s a real doggone good time to be in Birmingham. Continue reading Birmingham becoming epicenter for technology, startups, and entrepreneurs

Oh! No! They forced me to move downtown!

Taylor Johnson (City dog)
Taylor Johnson (City dog)

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

Today’s guest blogger is cute and cuddly Taylor Johnson.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click or place you ‘paw’ here.

I was the new dog on the block when I moved to downtown Birmingham with my humans in the fall of 2010.

I was used to a back yard and had never seen the big city before.  I had no idea how to be a city dog or exactly what there was to do in the city.

I was worried… Continue reading Oh! No! They forced me to move downtown!

Am I mad for buying Century Plaza?

Thomas Beavers, Senior Pastor of the New Rising Star Church
Thomas Beavers, Senior Pastor of the New Rising Star Church

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

Today’s guest blogger is Pastor Thomas Beavers .  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

Am I mad for buying Century Plaza?

Yes, THAT Century Plaza– the abandoned mall in east Birmingham.

And that’s not even the mad part.

We’re buying a rundown behemoth of a property and converting it into a church and a school.

743,000 square feet of retail space; 62 acres; 1,400 parking spaces, and 1.3 miles around. Continue reading Am I mad for buying Century Plaza?

Mountain Brook gal: Continued adventures in Birmingham

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.

Last year you may have read my piece on how I moved from Mountain Brook to downtown Birmingham—Mountain Brook gal: Achieving my dreams in downtown Birmingham.

In that piece I wrote that in 2012 I was living in my hometown of Birmingham in Mountain Brook and I was desperate to leave. I felt I needed to reach outside to accomplish my goals and achieve my dreams.

Continue reading Mountain Brook gal: Continued adventures in Birmingham

Birmingham: A lot more than Roll Tide fans and BBQ

Casey Howard
Casey Howard

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

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

Ok, so I have to come out and admit this up front – when my husband, Robert, mentioned that there was an opportunity at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, my first thought was, “Why on earth would we move to Birmingham, Alabama?” Continue reading Birmingham: A lot more than Roll Tide fans and BBQ

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.

 If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

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 would anyone from a cooler place want to live in Birmingham?

Stephanie Salvago
Stephanie Salvago

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

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

“How did you end up in Alabama?”

It is a question I ask people all the time.

I use to ask it with a tone of disbelief.  Yet, I would meet people from New York, California, England, South Africa, and many other places, all of whom wound up in Birmingham.  Continue reading Why would anyone from a cooler place want to live in Birmingham?

Birmingham real winner in I-20/59 decision

Will French
Will French

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

Today’s guest blog was written by Will French as response to Heavy handed tactics lead to regrettable I-20/59 decision.

 If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

I am relieved by Judge Ott’s recent ruling in favor of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) regarding the rebuilding of I-20/59. I am excited that the ruling will allow the project to go forward, and I think the people of Birmingham are the real winners here. Not losers.

Is it a perfect project? Of course not. Will it solve all problems with the current road? No. Is it the ultimate solution? Again, no. But will it be a substantial improvement over what we have now? Absolutely, emphatically, YES! Here’s what will be better: Continue reading Birmingham real winner in I-20/59 decision

Heavy handed tactics lead to regrettable I-20/59 decision

Temple Tutwiler & Dixon Brooke
Temple Tutwiler & Dixon Brooke

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

Today’s guest bloggers are Temple Tutwiler, III and Dixon Brooke.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

We are disappointed in Judge Ott’s recent ruling in favor of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) regarding the rebuilding of I20/59.

While the plaintiffs lose this round, it’s the citizens of Birmingham who are the true losers.  It is a sad day for our community to have such a huge missed opportunity to make our community better for everyone.  Continue reading Heavy handed tactics lead to regrettable I-20/59 decision