Texan married into a family feud when he moved to Birmingham

Joe Adams
Joe Adams

Today’s guest blogger is Joe Adams.

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A while back, my good friend Bill Ivey wrote a piece for ComebackTown about the history of Birmingham that recounted the elitists, racists, and snake-oil salesmen who built Birmingham.

It provided a great bibliography, with histories that told the story of how Birmingham was established. After more than a decade here, I’m still learning about the place I now call home.

It’s a lot to ponder. Continue reading Texan married into a family feud when he moved to Birmingham

At long last Birmingham students have options

Felicia Huntley
Felicia Huntley

Today’s guest blogger is Felicia Huntley.

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I wish the same thing for my son as you wish for yours.

I want for my son to have a chance in life.

I know he will never be successful without a quality education.

I live within the city limits of Birmingham, and up until now, parents have had very few educational options for their children. Continue reading At long last Birmingham students have options

Author of ‘Why we escaped the Mtn. Brook bubble’ has second thoughts

Maury Shevin
Maury Shevin

Today’s guest blogger is Maury Shevin.

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I questioned the diversity of our suburbs when I wrote, “Why we escaped the Mountain Brook bubble.”

But, two recent events have given me pause for reflection. Continue reading Author of ‘Why we escaped the Mtn. Brook bubble’ has second thoughts

Can our suburbs survive if B’ham’s a donut hole?

DonutEditor’s note: ComebackTown’s celebrating its 8th anniversary.  I thought it might be insightful to republish the very first piece (Jan. 3, 2012). Since publication, the City of Birmingham’s population has stabilized…and our region’s making great  progress–all good news! Continue reading Can our suburbs survive if B’ham’s a donut hole?

Hoover leadership showing courage and vision

City of Hoover signI’m not sure I appreciated it at the time, but it was a big deal.

The year was 2010 and the event was the opening of Railroad Park.

You would expect William Bell, the mayor of Birmingham, to be one of the speakers, but next to him was Tony Petelos, the then mayor of Hoover. Mayor Petelos spoke enthusiastically about the new park and the future of our Birmingham-Hoover metropolitan area. Continue reading Hoover leadership showing courage and vision

Scarbinsky excited about B’ham sports

Kevin Scarbinsky
Kevin Scarbinsky

Today’s guest blogger is Kevin Scarbinsky.

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It happened in Birmingham.

Bear Bryant and 315. Bo over the top. Van Tiffin and the kick and “It’s good!” “It’s good.” “It’s good!” “It’s good.”

It was good. It was very, very good. It was the Iron Bowl, and it was the heart of big-time sports in this city. Past  tense. Continue reading Scarbinsky excited about B’ham sports

It must suck to be a Birmingham hater

Rotary Trail
Rotary Trail

You know about the Birmingham haters if you read the comments on al.com, ComebackTown, or any other Birmingham media.

Who are these people?

Why are they so antagonistic towards Birmingham?

And why are they against their own city, county, or region? Continue reading It must suck to be a Birmingham hater

What fractured Birmingham can learn from Asheville

Emily Truncellito
Emily Truncellito

Today’s guest blogger is Emily Truncellito.

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Editor’s note: This piece was written as a response to Why would anyone want to vacation in Birmingham?

Nestled in the Blue Ridge link of the Appalachian Mountain chain is the tourist hot spot of Asheville, NC.

I lived in Asheville for over 20 years and worked in tourism there, witnessing the industry vacillate between incorporating the native population and excluding it. Continue reading What fractured Birmingham can learn from Asheville

Five Points South: Don’t let the ‘naysayers’ win

Graffiti on front door 20th Street-- heart of Five Points South
Graffiti on front door 20th Street– heart of Five Points South

I’ve published more than 400 pieces about our Birmingham region in the past seven years.

But I was completely blindsided by comments on the I believe in Birmingham Facebook page for the article, Five Points South landlords are self-destructive. 

Continue reading Five Points South: Don’t let the ‘naysayers’ win

Business woman’s brilliant business idea for Birmingham

Britney Summerville
Britney Summerville

Today’s guest blogger is Britney Summerville.

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Shipt is one of Birmingham’s great start-up success stories. The company went from a few employees to a $550 million acquisition in less than five years.

The big question is, ‘How can Birmingham replicate that success?’

Building from within isn’t the only way to grow a region. Continue reading Business woman’s brilliant business idea for Birmingham

To begin a conversation about a better Birmingham