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.
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I’ve been gobsmacked by this Birmingham statistic

Jeffrey Bayer, Bayer Properties
Jeffrey Bayer, President & CEO of Bayer Properties

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

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

Birmingham’s experiencing a surge in local pride and national attention because of developments that are breathing new life into our region. We’ve got great communities, world-class medical facilities, enchanting parks, and a nationally recognized food scene.

I keep hoping—“This is Birmingham’s time.”

But then I get a dose of reality. Continue reading I’ve been gobsmacked by this Birmingham statistic

Mountain Brook man: “How we can become unstoppable”

Norman Jetmundsen
Norman Jetmundsen

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

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

Greater Birmingham reminds me of a patient who goes to see his doctor.

He says, “Doc, I have good days and bad days.  I look at people around me and they seem to be healthier, have more energy, and be in better shape.”

Continue reading Mountain Brook man: “How we can become unstoppable”

Nashville Mayor has advice for Birmingham

Nashville Mayor Megan Berry speaking to Kiwanis Club of Birmingham
Nashville Mayor Megan Barry speaking to Kiwanis Club of Birmingham

If you think you’re good looking, but few people ask you for a date, you might suspect you have a problem.

You may think you’re ‘cool,’ but if all your friends give you the same advice, then maybe they see something you’re unable to recognize in yourself. Continue reading Nashville Mayor has advice for Birmingham

Look out Hollywood–Here comes Birmingham

Felicia Willson
Felicia Willson

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

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

I’m a Southern California native. I’ve worked on one of the best shows in television history: NBC’s The West Wing.

I’ve spent the last 20 years immersed in the land of lights, camera, action, and I’m here to tell ya, if you want to make a movie or a television show, the place to do it is… Birmingham, Alabama. Continue reading Look out Hollywood–Here comes Birmingham

I didn’t grow up in Mountain Brook, but…

Ronnie Rice
Ronnie Rice, Ph.D., J.D

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

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

Many of the guest articles on ComebackTown appear to be written by people who grew up in Mountain Brook or over the mountain—so I had some reservations about telling my story.

Not only did I not grow up in Mountain Brook, I grew up in the opposite of Mountain Brook.

I’m from Prichard, Alabama—a small town with a 38% poverty rate and a median household income of $21,860. Continue reading I didn’t grow up in Mountain Brook, but…

Birmingham’s award-winning food scene vilified: BAD FOR AMERICA

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.

Earlier this year, it was announced that Food & Wine magazine would be relocating to Birmingham. For weeks, there were articles highlighting what a wonderful move this is for Birmingham and the food industry. Continue reading Birmingham’s award-winning food scene vilified: BAD FOR AMERICA

Young mom: What I didn’t expect to find in Birmingham

Staci Vice
Staci Luker

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

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

I have a very distinct memory of being in the 8th grade and coming to Birmingham for an event at Samford University.

I was traveling with a group of fellow middle and high school students from small town Alabama where I had about 21 people in my entire grade in school.

As we went from interstate to interstate to get around and I watched the traffic rush by, I adamantly stated that I could never live in a city like Birmingham; I was a small town girl and the city was no place for me. Or so I thought. Continue reading Young mom: What I didn’t expect to find in Birmingham

Do folks in Mountain Brook live in a bubble?

Maury Shevin & Joyce Spielberger
Maury Shevin & Joyce Spielberger

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

Today’s guest bloggers are husband and wife Maury Shevin & Joyce Spielberger.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

We got a surprising amount of push back from our blog post:  “Why We Escaped the Mountain Brook Bubble.” 

Some people thought that we were picking on Mountain Brook.

Others accused us of hypocrisy.

Still others said we are both “Pollyannas”.

This started us thinking more about whether folks in Mountain Brook really do live in a bubble. Continue reading Do folks in Mountain Brook live in a bubble?

To begin a conversation about a better Birmingham