The rocket fuel that could launch Birmingham!

Jim, Dixon, President of Arlington Properties
Jim Dixon, President of Arlington Properties

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

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

What makes a city great?

My team should know—we evaluate cities every day.

Our work as real estate developers requires us to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of cities and towns before we ever search for and underwrite development or investment opportunities. Continue reading The rocket fuel that could launch Birmingham!

Confusion in Mtn. Brook, Vestavia, Homewood, & Birmingham

Traffic accidentI recently published a piece titled “Mountain Brook stealing from Vestavia Hills.”

It tells about my clever Mountain Brook friend who smuggles his garbage into the trashcans of a nearby Vestavia Hills’ neighbor because Vestavia picks up garbage more often than Mountain Brook. Continue reading Confusion in Mtn. Brook, Vestavia, Homewood, & Birmingham

Birmingham: Not as comfortable as I thought

Kashika Narang
Kashika Narang

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

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

Growing up in Birmingham, I had a large comfort zone surrounded by my family, the Indian community, and with the Altamont school of which I attended. Continue reading Birmingham: Not as comfortable as I thought

We increase our taxes to screw each other

UAB Medical WestI apologize for using the word ‘screw’ in the title, but I can’t find a more appropriate term.

Why is there so little job growth in Birmingham?  Well, look no further than what appears to be happening in Hoover.

How do you feel about tax increases?

How about tax increases to stab your neighbors in the back? Continue reading We increase our taxes to screw each other

Why we should worry about what’s happening in Irondale

A standing room only crowd attended a public hearing on a proposed 1 percent occupational tax.
A standing room only crowd attended an Irondale public hearing on a proposed 1 percent occupational tax

Some of you are probably going to think I’m going to blame Irondale’s financial challenges on its elected officials.

I am not.

I’m not sure there’s a human being alive who could find a painless way for Irondale or many of our other municipalities to avoid financial challenges. Continue reading Why we should worry about what’s happening in Irondale

What I did at UAB will surprise you

Avei Logoleo
Avei Logoleo

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

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

I was not a cheerleader.

No, I was not a soccer player.

I wasn’t on the Blazer dance team.

And I didn’t play the tuba in the UAB marching band.

But most of you would be surprised to learn about my unique UAB experience. Continue reading What I did at UAB will surprise you

There’s the guy who wants to get rid of Mountain Brook

Shades Creek along Jemison Trail in Mountain Brook
Shades Creek along Jemison Trail in Mountain Brook

“There’s the guy who wants to get rid of Mountain Brook.”

It’s a bit unsettling, but that’s what a prominent Mountain Brook man says to me every time he sees me.

If you follow his logic, then you would assume I also would be the guy who would like to get rid of Vestavia Hills, Homewood, Trussville, and every other Jefferson County municipality. Continue reading There’s the guy who wants to get rid of Mountain Brook

Birmingham rape survivor speaks up

Alexis Barton
Alexis Barton

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

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

On November 9, 2003, I was raped by an acquaintance in my car behind a Birmingham high school.

This ugly incident challenged everything I assumed or thought I knew about who gets sexually assaulted and why. Continue reading Birmingham rape survivor speaks up

Nashville’s goof may be Birmingham’s big break

Jefferson County Mayors Kenneth Gulley, Bessemer; Stan Hogeland, Gardendale; Randall Woodfin, Birmingham; Stuart Welch, Mtn. Brook; Ashley Curry, Vestavia Hills; Frank Brocato, Hoover (photo courtesy BBJ)
Jefferson County Mayors Kenneth Gulley, Bessemer; Stan Hogeland, Gardendale; Randall Woodfin, Birmingham; Stuart Welch, Mtn. Brook; Ashley Curry, Vestavia Hills; Frank Brocato, Hoover at BBJ Mayors’ Roundtable (photo courtesy BBJ)

There’s an old joke about the highly addicted smoker who complains, “I’ve read  so much about the dangers of smoking that I’ve decided to quit reading.

That is how I feel about Nashville.

I read story after story about Nashville’s continued economic successes—recruiting companies—large and small to their city. Continue reading Nashville’s goof may be Birmingham’s big break

To begin a conversation about a better Birmingham