Category Archives: Guest blogger

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

Birmingham suffering from a leadership crisis

Andrew Edwards
Andrew Edwards

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

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

Many people were unnerved when the Birmingham Board of Education fired Superintendent Kelley Castlin-Gacutan.  Others were shaken last year when the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority essentially pushed out well-respected Ann August, its Executive Director.

There are deep leadership problems in play in our Birmingham area. Continue reading Birmingham suffering from a leadership crisis

Birmingham: Silicon Valley ‘eat’ your heart out

Joshua Jones
Joshua Jones, Managing Partner, StrategyWise, Birmingham’s fastest growing company

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

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

I’ve considered myself lucky to have spent most of my life traversing different cities, countries and cultures.

As a teenager, I started and sold a series of companies while exploring and working in Latin America. Later, my wife and I moved with our children to Japan, where I worked for a non-profit organization as their Asia Director. Continue reading Birmingham: Silicon Valley ‘eat’ your heart out

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.

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

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

Birmingham parent: How to save our children and our schools

Tae Alexander
Tae Alexander

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

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

I’ve not been to space, nor have I solved the pressing issues of our today. It would be great to discover a simple cure for that which physically ails and handicap some of those dearest to us. I am simply a random 30 something, wife, mother, daughter, and friend.

I’m a product of school systems throughout western Birmingham, Al and surrounding areas. Continue reading Birmingham parent: How to save our children and our schools

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

Young professional: Why I came back to Birmingham

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…

Continue reading Young professional: Why I came back to Birmingham

Birmingham: We can change the world

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. Continue reading Birmingham: We can change the world

Mountain Brook gal: Achieving my dreams in downtown 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.

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.

Continue reading Mountain Brook gal: Achieving my dreams in downtown Birmingham