Posts by davidsher:

    Mountain Brook stealing from Vestavia Hills

    June 14th, 2018

    Trash cansIt was the dark of night.

    My Mountain Brook friend slipped down the stairs to his basement, opened his garage door, and quietly pushed his trash container to the street. Read the rest of this entry “

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    What I did at UAB will surprise you

    June 6th, 2018
    Avei Logoleo
    Avei Logoleo

    I was not a cheerleader.

    No, I was not a soccer player.

    I wasn’t on the Blazer dance team.

    And I didn’t play the tuba in the UAB marching band.

    But most of you would be surprised to learn about my unique UAB experience. Read the rest of this entry “

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    There’s the guy who wants to get rid of Mountain Brook

    May 29th, 2018
    Shades Creek along Jemison Trail in Mountain Brook
    Shades Creek along Jemison Trail in Mountain Brook

    “There’s the guy who wants to get rid of Mountain Brook.”

    It’s a bit unsettling, but that’s what a prominent Mountain Brook man says to me every time he sees me.

    If you follow his logic, then you would assume I also would be the guy who would like to get rid of Vestavia Hills, Homewood, Trussville, and every other Jefferson County municipality. Read the rest of this entry “

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    Birmingham rape survivor speaks up

    May 23rd, 2018
    Alexis Barton
    Alexis Barton

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

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

    On November 9, 2003, I was raped by an acquaintance in my car behind a Birmingham high school.

    This ugly incident challenged everything I assumed or thought I knew about who gets sexually assaulted and why. Read the rest of this entry “

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    Nashville’s goof may be Birmingham’s big break

    May 15th, 2018
    Jefferson County Mayors Kenneth Gulley, Bessemer; Stan Hogeland, Gardendale; Randall Woodfin, Birmingham; Stuart Welch, Mtn. Brook; Ashley Curry, Vestavia Hills; Frank Brocato, Hoover (photo courtesy BBJ)
    Jefferson County Mayors Kenneth Gulley, Bessemer; Stan Hogeland, Gardendale; Randall Woodfin, Birmingham; Stuart Welch, Mtn. Brook; Ashley Curry, Vestavia Hills; Frank Brocato, Hoover at BBJ Mayors’ Roundtable (photo courtesy BBJ)

    There’s an old joke about the highly addicted smoker who complains, “I’ve read  so much about the dangers of smoking that I’ve decided to quit reading.

    That is how I feel about Nashville.

    I read story after story about Nashville’s continued economic successes—recruiting companies—large and small to their city. Read the rest of this entry “

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    A shocking statistic–and what we’re doing about it

    May 9th, 2018
    Charlotte Conaway
    Charlotte Conaway

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

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

    82% of Birmingham City School children cannot read at grade level. I know this is shocking, but we have found a way to help.

    I have mixed emotions about publicizing our efforts.

    I’m afraid it might appear I’m writing this article to feel important or to promote my company. Or that I am ‘putting down’ Birmingham City Schools. Read the rest of this entry “

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    Why we should worry about what’s happening to Hoover

    May 1st, 2018

    Galleria in HooverYou’ve probably had the misfortune of noticing a few ants crawling around in your kitchen cabinet.

    This is almost always a tell-tale sign that there are a lot more ants nearby.

    That’s what we’re beginning to see with Hoover.
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    David Carrington: ‘My most embarrassing moment’

    April 25th, 2018
    Jefferson County Commissioner David Carrington
    Jefferson County Commissioner David Carrington

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

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

    (Comments of Commissioner David Carrington at the unveiling of the new mural at Jefferson County Courthouse April 24th)…

    Today is my 70th birthday – and I’m closer to my journey’s end – than I am to its beginning.

    I’ve seen so many new things in my lifetime – from air conditioning – to indoor plumbing at my grandparent’s house – to color television sets – to images of a man walking on the moon – to microwave ovens – to a personal computer that conveniently fits in my shirt pocket – and is insultingly called a phone. Read the rest of this entry “

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    Is Birmingham mayor crazy?

    April 18th, 2018
    Mayor Randall Woodfin of Birmingham
    Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin jumps from airplane

    I’m impressed with Birmingham’s new Mayor–Randall Woodfin.

    His first few months in office have been a whirlwind of positive energy.

    He’s surrounded himself with good people, sought feedback from anyone who will talk to him, and slowly and methodically identified and prioritized Birmingham’s problems and opportunities. Read the rest of this entry “

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    Birmingham ready for a food fight!

    April 11th, 2018
    Josh Watkins
    Josh Watkins

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

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

    There’s a four letter ‘F‘ word that could help define Birmingham’s future–but as you might expect–it’s not the one you’re probably thinking.

    However, when I tell you the word, it still won’t be in the context of what you might expect. Read the rest of this entry “

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