Overcoming a regrettable Birmingham blunder

Rotary Trail Sign (Rotary)
Rotary Trail Sign (Photo courtesy Rotary Club of Birmingham)

By David Sher

I recently wrote a column about my all-time favorite Birmingham restaurant, Joy Young.

Reminiscing is fun so I began my search for my next topic.

Then I drove past the Rotary Trail sign in downtown Birmingham and the idea hit me. Continue reading Overcoming a regrettable Birmingham blunder

Birmingham suburbs, are you nervous yet?

More than 50,000 people attended concert by Garth Brooks on June 4, 2022, at Protective Stadium. (Mary Colurso | mcolurso@AL.com)

By David Sher

I never saw it coming.

According to recently released U.S. Bureau of Census population estimates the City of Birmingham is now the 3rd largest city in Alabama.

Until 2020 Birmingham was the largest city in the state. Continue reading Birmingham suburbs, are you nervous yet?

Why World Games chose Birmingham

Alan Register
Alan Register

Today’s guest columnist is Alan Register.

The first World Games were played in Santa Clara, California in 1981.

They have not been played in America since.

Why then did they choose Birmingham?

And while we’re at it, why did the USFL select Birmingham?

There’s a simple answer, “a crazy idea” and “a winning streak.” Continue reading Why World Games chose Birmingham

Birmingham’s best restaurant ever

'Special Dinner Any Time,' with egg roll Chop Suey Inn. (Similar to 'Mandarin Special' from Joy Youngs. Egg foo young not shown
‘Special Dinner Any Time,’ with egg roll Chop Suey Inn. (Similar to ‘Mandarin Special’ from Joy Young. Egg foo young not shown)

By David Sher

Birmingham’s a great place for foodies.

We have fantastic restaurants…like Highland Bar & Grill, El Barrio, Automatic Seafood, and Helen.

There have been other great restaurants past or present, but in my heart and stomach, none compare to an American Chinese Restaurant that opened in 1919 and operated successfully mostly in downtown Birmingham for about 70 years. Continue reading Birmingham’s best restaurant ever

The transformation of downtown Birmingham

Michael Calvert
Michael Calvert

Today’s guest columnist is Michael Calvert.

Predictions are always risky—especially about the future—but here are my predictions for downtown and the larger City Center.

In 1982, when I became CEO of Operation New Birmingham, REV’s predecessor, many people asked if I would bring back department stores and other retailers. I said downtown had evolved beyond its past as a retail center. Continue reading The transformation of downtown Birmingham

Why Birmingham is not competitive

Daniel Coleman
Daniel Coleman

Today’s guest columnist is Daniel Coleman.

If economic growth comes from increased productivity, where does productivity come from?  Capital and labor.

Capital can come from anywhere. Our issue in Birmingham is with “labor.” We have some great entrepreneurs here, with great ideas, who cannot find the workers they need to build and grow their companies. Continue reading Why Birmingham is not competitive

Terrified 82-year-old says Alabama uses tax dollars against her

Marva Douglas
Marva Douglas

Today’s guest columnist is Marva Douglas.

I was 12 years old in 1951.

Too young to vote.

But that really didn’t matter because even if I’d been an adult, I could not have voted.

Voting rights for Black people didn’t come until 1965 with the passage of the Voting Rights Act. Continue reading Terrified 82-year-old says Alabama uses tax dollars against her

Did you know Birmingham had a counterculture?

Terry Barr
Terry Barr

Today’s guest columnist is Terry Barr.

My brother asked me the other day if I remembered a place on Birmingham’s north side—1st Avenue, to be exact.

A place run by an old Bessemer guy, a friend of our mother, named Jim Anderson. His place was called: Seeds 4: Never Before Store. Continue reading Did you know Birmingham had a counterculture?

To begin a conversation about a better Birmingham