Terrified of metro government?–here’s a better idea

Charlie Waldrep
Charlie Waldrep

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

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

“Metro Government” has become a mantra for some citizens while others are terrified of the thought of giving up their smaller, responsive local governments.

Consequently, “Metro Government” is a concept unlikely to be achieved among Jefferson County’s 35 municipalities. Continue reading Terrified of metro government?–here’s a better idea

Alabama Jews thank Christian neighbors

Samantha Dubrinsky
Samantha Dubrinsky

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

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

“There are Jews in Alabama?”

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked that question over the past six years working as a Jewish professional for the Birmingham Jewish Federation. Continue reading Alabama Jews thank Christian neighbors

Birmingham’s new mayor knows what he wants

Mayor Randall Woodfin
Mayor Randall Woodfin of Birmingham

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

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

Birmingham’s new mayor has some very definite ideas about his priorities upon taking office—dealing with the city’s crime problem, revitalizing the neighborhoods and making sure city government is efficient, effective, transparent, accountable and citizen-friendly.

But what about dealing with the issue of regional cooperation as a priority? Continue reading Birmingham’s new mayor knows what he wants

Birmingham about to disrupt the world of beauty

Yazmin Cavale
Yazmin Cavale

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

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

Every day, life seems to be moving faster. In order to keep up with the pace, I depend more and more on technology and services that streamline my on-the-go lifestyle.

As a CEO, a wife, and a mom of three, my time is not only valuable but scheduled down to the minute. I run my business and my household from my iPhone, multi-tasking while multi-tasking. Continue reading Birmingham about to disrupt the world of beauty

Confronted by a Vestavia man

Publix Vestavia Hills
Publix Vestavia Hills

It’s uncomfortable to talk about race.

It seems that most whites don’t like to discuss race–and neither do some blacks.

However, how can we have an intelligent conversation about Birmingham without race when race is almost always the central issue?

Last week I was wheeling my shopping cart through the produce section of Publix in Vestavia Hills when I was confronted by a casual acquaintance. Continue reading Confronted by a Vestavia man

A simple way to merge Birmingham into one great city

Jay Taylor
Jay Taylor

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

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

Consolidation.

It’s been long debated here in Birmingham.

Can we merge some of our central Alabama municipalities into one big, super city? And if so, which ones?

Allow me to toss an idea into the ring. Continue reading A simple way to merge Birmingham into one great city

Mountain Brook and Homewood suck leadership out of Birmingham

Alabama championship footballWould the University of Alabama have national championship football teams if 80% of its students were ineligible?

UA would have some good players, but we wouldn’t be winning many football games.

This is the heart of Birmingham’s problem.
Continue reading Mountain Brook and Homewood suck leadership out of Birmingham

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