But after a few seconds I began to weep uncontrollably.
We and our Birmingham suburbs are sometimes so dumb you might think we all graduated from “Dumb School.”
While progressive southern cities make big-picture transformative decisions, we scurry back into our municipal silos and think small.
Here’s the headline…
Yes, that’s right, “Homewood council members are looking into options to create their own bus service to run throughout Homewood.”
It’s bad enough that Jefferson County has…
- 37 municipalities
- 53 fire departments
- 24 police departments
- 16 emergency 911 call centers
Maybe one day, if we play our cards just right, we will have 19 totally disconnected bus systems?
Several years ago when our Regional Chamber of Commerce visited our peer Southern cities to learn best practices, we heard civic leaders from Charlotte and Nashville brag about how they were competing with cities in China or Japan.
When we came back to Birmingham we learned how Irondale was competing with Hoover.
Homewood may have every right to be frustrated with the Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority, but the result is the same–duplication of services and squandered resources that could be better used to fund state of the art transit, schools, or to attract new companies and jobs.
Soon we may be flying out of the Fultondale International Airport, visiting the Gardendale Museum of Art, or taking our children to the Midfield Zoo.
Meanwhile we’re considering an independent Homewood bus system.
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David Sher is Co-Founder of AmSher Compassionate Collections. He’s past Chairman of the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce (BBA), Operation New Birmingham (REV Birmingham), and the City Action Partnership (CAP).
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