No more Fox in Birmingham hen house

Fox deFuniak
Fox deFuniak

By David Sher

I write this column on Tuesday, September 19th.

Tomorrow I will attend a Celebration of Life service for Albert Fox deFuniak, III, a man you may never have met, but who’s had a major impact on your life in Birmingham.

Fox deFuniak answered a question for me that I’ve always struggled with. Continue reading No more Fox in Birmingham hen house

Mountain Brook man reluctantly moves away, but has idea

Daniel Bolus

Today’s guest columnist is  Daniel Bolus.

I was born and raised in Birmingham and attended Mountain Brook High School.

I graduated with a degree in Biomedical Engineering  from Tulane University in 2018,  and, I have been involved in Birmingham’s entrepreneurial scene ever since.

My fiancé and I recently moved to Seattle, but would love to return to Birmingham one day pending more robust career opportunities.
Continue reading Mountain Brook man reluctantly moves away, but has idea

World Games impact much greater than 11 day event

Jim Coker
Jim Coker

Today’s guest columnist is Jim Coker.

Birmingham hosted the World Games from July 7th to July 17th, 2022.

Was it worth the time and expense?

Many folks are celebrating a big victory for Birmingham.

Others are not quite so sure.

What might the impact ultimately be for Birmingham?
Continue reading World Games impact much greater than 11 day event

Even Nick Saban can’t fix this Alabama problem

Nick Saban, Head Football Coach at the University of Alabama
Nick Saban, Head Football Coach at the University of Alabama

By David Sher

Nick Saban has had a profound impact on the University of Alabama and our State.

The hiring of Coach Saban will likely go down as one of the best hiring decisions in college sports’ history. Continue reading Even Nick Saban can’t fix this Alabama problem

Birmingham may have lost historic Terminal Station, but…

Gordon Martin
Gordon G. Martin

Today’s guest columnist is Gordon G.  Martin.

I love Birmingham!

But I feel we sometimes focus on our failures and forget to celebrate our victories.

How many of you have had an opportunity to visit Charlotte, North Carolina? Continue reading Birmingham may have lost historic Terminal Station, but…

High speed rail Birmingham to Atlanta

Jennifer L. Greer
Jennifer L. Greer

Today’s guest columnist is Jennifer L. Greer.

Editor’s note: Last year ComebackTown published a column titled Birmingham bullet train to Atlanta. It was the most read piece in our history. I asked Jennifer Greer, a profession journalist, to determine its likelihood.

On a recent flight from North Dakota, Jane and Charles Falany, of Vestavia Hills, AL, thought they were almost home when their plane touched down in Atlanta, GA, around 4 p.m. Continue reading High speed rail Birmingham to Atlanta

Birmingham, how do we get our millennials back?

Brian McCoy
Brian McCoy

Today’s guest columnist is Brian McCoy.

Why did I leave Birmingham?

I was a dusty teen in the former coal mining camp, Docena, Alabama playing outside in the mud just 22 years ago.

After serving as a community activist in Birmingham and graduating from UAB in 2006, I had to focus on my career. Continue reading Birmingham, how do we get our millennials back?

Hope for Birmingham hikers, bikers, and runners

Thomas Spencer
Thomas Spencer

Today’s guest columnist is Thomas Spencer

I confess.

I’ve run into a conflict of interest. Though, I think it’s better described as a confluence of interests.

As a public policy researcher in my professional life and as a hiker, biker, runner, history buff, and nature nut, I like public parks.

I like parks, trails, and greenspace because I enjoy using them. And I like them because they are good policy. Continue reading Hope for Birmingham hikers, bikers, and runners

All bets are off on Birmingham

City Walk BHAM World Games 2022
City Walk BHAM World Games 2022

By David Sher

This is the article I always wished to write, but didn’t know if it would ever be possible.

ComebackTown began publishing in February, 2012 with the sole purpose to begin a discussion about how to revitalize a struggling Birmingham. That’s why it was titled ‘ComebackTown.’ Continue reading All bets are off on Birmingham

To begin a conversation about a better Birmingham