Category Archives: David Sher posts

Why would anyone want to vacation in Birmingham?

The Vulcan statue--largest cast iron statue in the world
The Vulcan statue–largest cast iron statue in the world

I get jealous when I visit other cities with major tourist attractions.

Birmingham just doesn’t seem to be competitive.

But with a little imagination, we could do much better. Continue reading Why would anyone want to vacation in Birmingham?

Gun violence epidemic in parts of B’ham: View from UAB Trauma Center

Dr. Jeffrey Kerby, Director of the Division of Acute Care Surgery and Chief of the Trauma Service at UAB Hospital
Dr. Jeffrey Kerby, Director Division of Acute Care Surgery and Chief of Trauma Service at UAB Hospital

Today’s guest blogger is Dr. Jeffrey Kerby.

If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

Something needs to be done for the communities in or around Birmingham experiencing a dramatic increase in gun violence. Continue reading Gun violence epidemic in parts of B’ham: View from UAB Trauma Center

Has my Mountain Brook friend lost his mind?

Mountain Brook Board of Education
Mountain Brook Board of Education

I was startled when I received the following e-mail from a young Mountain Brook friend…

“How do you think it would go over if I suggested an alternative proposal to direct the proposed Mountain Brook property tax increase to Birmingham City Schools?”  Continue reading Has my Mountain Brook friend lost his mind?

Birmingham mayors prove to the world we’re not bonkers

BonkersPaying attention to feedback from others with a broader point of view often offers insight.

That’s particularly true when it’s The Economist, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Brookings Institution, and the Milken Institute. Continue reading Birmingham mayors prove to the world we’re not bonkers

Birmingham not worst place to live in America

View of Homewood from the top of the Mountain in Vestavia Hills
View of Homewood from Vestavia Hills overlook

I’m sick and tired of some people saying how bad Birmingham is.

I love our Birmingham region!

I constantly meet folks, who move here ‘kicking and screaming,’ but later refuse out of state job opportunities and retire here. Continue reading Birmingham not worst place to live in America

Gardendale, Irondale, & Fultondale: The devil made us do it!

The devil
Drawing by Adam Stermer

The national media continue to beat us up–First The New York Times and now The Wall Street Journal.

In December of last year, The New York Times wrote a piece subtitled, “Nashville and others are thriving…while cities like Birmingham, Ala., fall behind.”

Continue reading Gardendale, Irondale, & Fultondale: The devil made us do it!