ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.
Today’s guest blogger is Jerry Carter. It appears it’s not just young folks thrilled with Birmingham’s comeback. If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.
I spent a number of my childhood years in the Norwood section of Birmingham in the ’40’s and early ’50’s. Those years provide the basis for my long-distance passion for the city.
I recall the old street rails for the trolleys, and buying Krystal hamburgers for 12 cents on the downtown corner of 2nd Avenue North. The animated Christmas displays each year in the windows of Pizitz and Loveman’s department stores were awesome. The Alabama Theatre was the absolute mecca for movie viewing. I still recall my amazement when the Wurlitzer organ would rise up to stage level and music would fill the large hall.
I have depressing memories from a drive down 20th Street a couple of decades ago. Closed shops and businesses stared back at almost deserted streets. I could not believe the deterioration that had transpired. I won’t even bother to try and describe a drive through the Norwood area. That was a heartbreaking experience.
Now, however, it is again a pleasure to visit my favorite city! I am so appreciative of the effort that has been put forth in the refurbishing of our Birmingham. It seems that a great deal of the credit goes to the current mayor William Bell and our other leaders. Positive, active, sensible leadership seems to making a difference that has been so needed.
It is a true pleasure to now visit and see some of the “Magic” returning to our “Magic City”. I take great pride in watching the city of my youth come back to its former glory.
Jerry Carter: “I made my initial appearance at the old Jefferson-Hillman Hospital (now UAB), grew up in Norwood, graduated from West Blocton High School and the University of Alabama—then retired to Tuscaloosa. Life is good!”
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David Sher is the publisher of ComebackTown, a co-founder of Buzz12 Advertising Agency and co-CEO of AmSher Collection Agency. He’s past Chairman of the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce (BBA), Operation New Birmingham (REV Birmingham), and the City Action Partnership (CAP).