This headline is not true.
It could have proclaimed, “Democratic National Convention to be held in Birmingham in 2016,” but for sure no one would have believed that one.
Of course most of you didn’t believe the headline anyway since, even though we are a Republican state, it seems so far fetched.
Yet, the national conventions this year were held in Tampa and Charlotte.
Fifty years ago Birmingham had a larger population than either city.
According to the 1960 census, Birmingham’s population was 340,887; Tampa was 274,970; Charlotte 201,564. Birmingham was 50% larger than Charlotte. Now we are not in the race.
Remember a couple of years ago when it was suggested that the City of Birmingham might go after the Summer Olympics?
It made headlines. Not because it was a great goal, but because it was so ridiculous. We all cringed in embarrassment.
For those of you who are regular readers of this blog, you know where I’m going. Our government structure is strangling us.
Jefferson County and our metro area are are not growing in population or jobs. Everyone’s passing us by.
Look what has happened to our community over the past 50 years as the most of the affluent population abandoned Birmingham.
Yes, we are the magic city.
Watch us disappear.
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David Sher is a partner in Buzz12 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).