What fractured Birmingham can learn from Asheville

Emily Truncellito
Emily Truncellito

Today’s guest blogger is Emily Truncellito.

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Editor’s note: This piece was written as a response to Why would anyone want to vacation in Birmingham?

Nestled in the Blue Ridge link of the Appalachian Mountain chain is the tourist hot spot of Asheville, NC.

I lived in Asheville for over 20 years and worked in tourism there, witnessing the industry vacillate between incorporating the native population and excluding it. Continue reading What fractured Birmingham can learn from Asheville

Five Points South: Don’t let the ‘naysayers’ win

Graffiti on front door 20th Street-- heart of Five Points South
Graffiti on front door 20th Street– heart of Five Points South

I’ve published more than 400 pieces about our Birmingham region in the past seven years.

But I was completely blindsided by comments on the I believe in Birmingham Facebook page for the article, Five Points South landlords are self-destructive. 

Continue reading Five Points South: Don’t let the ‘naysayers’ win

Business woman’s brilliant business idea for Birmingham

Britney Summerville
Britney Summerville

Today’s guest blogger is Britney Summerville.

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Shipt is one of Birmingham’s great start-up success stories. The company went from a few employees to a $550 million acquisition in less than five years.

The big question is, ‘How can Birmingham replicate that success?’

Building from within isn’t the only way to grow a region. Continue reading Business woman’s brilliant business idea for Birmingham

Our negative history is not the Birmingham I know

Robert Milam
Robert Milam

Today’s guest blogger is Robert Milam.

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My heart sank when I read  the piece, “Elitists, racists, and snake-oil salesmen built Birmingham,” published on ComebackTown.

My reaction was one of frustration and some embarrassment because it was so focused on the negative parts of Birmingham’s history. Continue reading Our negative history is not the Birmingham I know

Five Points South landlords are self-destructive

Graffiti on side of building in heart of Five Points South
Graffiti on side of building in heart of Five Points South

On my way to lunch to Surin at Five Points South I had to walk around an unconscious man sleeping across the sidewalk in front of Jim ‘N Nicks.

I looked up at the building across the street and saw a huge piece of graffiti scrawled near the top. (See photo) Continue reading Five Points South landlords are self-destructive

Councilors from Mtn. Brook, Hoover, Vestavia, B’ham, Bessemer and Homewood take action

Jennifer Andress
Jennifer Andress

ComebackTown is published by David Sher for a more prosperous Birmingham.

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

If you have lived in the Birmingham area for any length of time, you know its greatest limitation: 35 municipalities in Jefferson County alone.

That’s 35 separate governments, duplicating services to its citizens and operating for each’s own well-being. Continue reading Councilors from Mtn. Brook, Hoover, Vestavia, B’ham, Bessemer and Homewood take action

To begin a conversation about a better Birmingham