Do you listen to talk radio or read comments on al.com?
It‘s a steady stream of condemnation of the City of Birmingham by the folks who live in the suburbs.
Think about it…
A large number of our most educated and financially able citizens abandon Birmingham and then blame our City for being stupid and broke.
This makes my head hurt.
2,600 people a year have moved out of the City for more than twenty years. Where is this taking us? What will our region look like twenty years from now?
But instead of us trying to figure out how to work together and turn our region around, we just bash each other.
The Mayor and our City Council are not perfect, but they are trying:
- The Railroad Park
- The new baseball stadium
- The entertainment district
- The world class CrossPlex
- A major renovation of our airport
Would you recommend they do nothing?
Those of us who live in the suburbs will reap the benefits.*
This mess is caused by our outdated and ill conceived government structure.
Until we make changes, we will continue to flounder.
*(Full disclosure) I live in Vestavia Hills. However I wake up every morning with the intent to improve our region.
David Sher’s goal is to create a conversation on how to fix our fragmented and dysfunctional local government.
David Sher is a partner in Buzz12 Content Marketing and co-CEO of AmSher Receivables Management. He’s past Chairman of the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce (BBA), Operation New Birmingham (ONB), and the City Action Partnership (CAP).