Vulcan embarrassed–drawing by Adam Stermer
I keep hoping our Birmingham region will do better economically, but a recent report is disappointing.
just released its 2018 annual report ranking of best performing cities. Milken Institute Continue reading OOPS! Greater Birmingham going the wrong way!
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.
Continue reading An ingenious way for Alabamians to earn extra money
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 (
), I was asked to make some comments at the opening of one of the first loft apartment projects in downtown Birmingham. REV Birmingham
At the time, I don’t think 150 people lived downtown.
Continue reading Pinch me! This is the new Birmingham!
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.
Continue reading Who do we blame for I-20/59 shutdown?
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.
Continue reading What we can learn from Vestavia Hills
I-20/59 road construction in Birmingham
Okay, I’ve written or published about this topic before—actually numerous times.
But now since we are just days away, I may actually get your attention.
Continue reading No metro in the U.S. would tolerate what B’ham is allowing to happen
Homewood City Hall
Homewood is hot!
Homewood has great schools, beautiful neighborhoods and friendly people. It’s convenient to just about everything and has a booming downtown. It seems like a new restaurant opens there every month.
Continue reading Time for a tough talk with Homewood
Tua Tagovailoa & Jalen Hurts
Some things you just can’t make up.
All of us in Alabama and most of the civilized world know that on December 1
st, Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts came off the bench for an injured Tua Tagovailoa to lead Alabama to a come-from-behind victory over Georgia in the SEC championship game. Continue reading Alabama quarterbacks & UAB coach have heart
Let me make this clear.
I’m talking about metropolitan Birmingham—not just the city of Birmingham. Yes, all seven counties including Shelby County.
Things are looking up—but not when we are measured against other regions.
Continue reading 3 very bad numbers for greater Birmingham
Jefferson County Mayors’ Association Meeting, October 17, 2018
What’s going on in America?
Everyone seems to be divided.
No one seems to want to cooperate to achieve common goals.
Continue reading Pinch me! Is this really Birmingham?