Posts by davidsher:

    OOPS! Greater Birmingham going the wrong way!

    March 19th, 2019
    Vulcan embarrassed--drawing by Adam Stermer
    Vulcan embarrassed–drawing by Adam Stermer

    I keep hoping our Birmingham region will do better economically, but a recent report is disappointing.

    The prestigious Milken Institute  just released its 2018 annual report ranking of best performing cities. Read the rest of this entry “

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    A city, a mountain, and a Tiny Kingdom

    March 12th, 2019
    Reverend. John Bagby
    The Reverend John Bagby

    ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a more prosperous Birmingham.

    Today’s guest blogger is  Reverend John Bagby.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

    Margaret Brown lived in Titusville, a neighborhood in Birmingham. Two months before I was born in 1949, she was hired to come and live with my family, and work in our home six days a week as a maid, or “the help,” as folks in Mountain Brook would have said back then. Read the rest of this entry “

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    An ingenious way for Alabamians to earn extra money

    March 4th, 2019
    Publix Vestavia Hills
    Publix

    It really didn’t hit me until my family went to the beach last year.

    We arrived in Destin– immediately driving to a nearby Publix on Highway 98 to buy our groceries. Read the rest of this entry “

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    Can professional soccer change Birmingham?

    February 27th, 2019
    Darin White
    Darin White

    ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a more prosperous Birmingham.

    Today’s guest blogger is  Darin White.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

    On March 9th full-fledged, professional soccer kicks off in Birmingham for the first time ever. The global game, that is played in 209 countries around the world, is coming to Birmingham. Read the rest of this entry “

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    Pinch me! This is the new Birmingham!

    February 18th, 2019
    Vesta on Highland Avenue in Birmingham is a 17 story apartment complex with 318 units and a 500 space parking garage
    Vesta on Highland Avenue in Birmingham is a 17 story apartment complex with 318 units and a 500 space parking garage

    In the mid 1980’s when I was Chairman of Operation New Birmingham (REV Birmingham), I was asked to make some comments at the opening of one of the first loft apartment projects in downtown Birmingham.

    At the time, I don’t think 150 people lived downtown. Read the rest of this entry “

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    Let’s save Birmingham & our children

    February 12th, 2019
    William Barnes, President & CEO of the Birmingham Urban League
    William Barnes, President & CEO of the Birmingham Urban League

    ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a more prosperous Birmingham.

    Today’s guest blogger is  William Barnes.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

    Birmingham Police Officer Wytasha Carter was gunned down last month.

    “He lived for us, and he died for us, and I mean that.” Those were the final remarks during the funeral services of Sgt. Wytasha Carter by William White, one of the officer’s closest friends. Another life lost to our “magical streets.” Read the rest of this entry “

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    Who do we blame for I-20/59 shutdown?

    February 4th, 2019
    Elevated bridges of Interstate 59/20 divide Birmingham, isolating neighborhoods and creating a clear boundary between two parts of the city.
    Elevated bridges of Interstate 20/59 divide Birmingham, isolating neighborhoods and creating a clear boundary between two parts of the city.

    ALDOT closed I-20/59 through downtown–and the sun came up the next day.

    I don’t know if this has been a fiasco or a nonevent, but I do know it’s time we take control of our future. Read the rest of this entry “

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    Let’s galvanize behind a community effort to grow the Black Business Class

    January 29th, 2019
    Bob Dickerson
    Bob Dickerson

    ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a more prosperous metro Birmingham.

    Today’s guest blogger is  Bob Dickerson.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

    If we close Birmingham’s racial wealth gap we all benefit.

    If you’re black and you’re reading this then you know exactly what I mean by the racial wealth gap. If you’re white there’s a chance that you might not realize and worse, might not have ever focused on the problems that this gaping disparity cause.  Read the rest of this entry “

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    What we can learn from Vestavia Hills

    January 22nd, 2019
    Spouts' abandoned retail space on Highway 31 Vestavia Hills
    Sprouts’ abandoned retail space Highway 31 Vestavia Hills

    I publish an article about our Birmingham region every week, but this piece affects me more directly since I live in Vestavia Hills.

    It also impacts my wallet since I spend a lot of money in my community and Vestavia raised our sales taxes from 9 to 10% last year. Read the rest of this entry “

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    Time to brand Birmingham for the 22nd century

    January 16th, 2019
    Danny Markstein
    Danny Markstein

    ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a more prosperous Birmingham.

    Today’s guest blogger is  Danny Markstein.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

    Over the years – and especially recently – there has been a lot of conversation about branding Birmingham. Many other cities have engaged in processes to develop, launch and maintain their brands – with wildly varying levels of success. Read the rest of this entry “

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To begin a conversation about a better Birmingham