Category Archives: David Sher posts

An epiphany about Birmingham’s economic future

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An epiphany about Birmingham’s economic future

A savvy business friend made an observation about Birmingham’s economic future that really got my attention.

But before I disclose what he said, please review a list of Birmingham’s largest companies to determine what you think they all have in common. Continue reading An epiphany about Birmingham’s economic future

How Birmingham can avoid a brawl

Jefferson County Justice is Blind Mural
Justice is Blind Mural at Jefferson County Courthouse

Our Alabama legislature screams bloody murder when the federal government passes legislation that overrides Alabama’s wishes.

Our legislators proclaim liberty and states’ rights—yet they rule our cities with an iron hand that deny them the ability to govern.

Gov. Kay Ivey just signed a bill requiring cities to get legislative approval for new occupational taxes, blocking a 1% tax passed by the Montgomery City Council last month. Continue reading How Birmingham can avoid a brawl

Can our suburbs survive if B’ham’s a donut hole?

DonutEditor’s note: ComebackTown’s celebrating its 8th anniversary.  I thought it might be insightful to republish the very first piece (Jan. 3, 2012). Since publication, the City of Birmingham’s population has stabilized…and our region’s making great  progress–all good news! Continue reading Can our suburbs survive if B’ham’s a donut hole?

Hoover leadership showing courage and vision

City of Hoover signI’m not sure I appreciated it at the time, but it was a big deal.

The year was 2010 and the event was the opening of Railroad Park.

You would expect William Bell, the mayor of Birmingham, to be one of the speakers, but next to him was Tony Petelos, the then mayor of Hoover. Mayor Petelos spoke enthusiastically about the new park and the future of our Birmingham-Hoover metropolitan area. Continue reading Hoover leadership showing courage and vision

It must suck to be a Birmingham hater

Rotary Trail
Rotary Trail

You know about the Birmingham haters if you read the comments on al.com, ComebackTown, or any other Birmingham media.

Who are these people?

Why are they so antagonistic towards Birmingham?

And why are they against their own city, county, or region? Continue reading It must suck to be a Birmingham hater

Five Points South: Don’t let the ‘naysayers’ win

Graffiti on front door 20th Street-- heart of Five Points South
Graffiti on front door 20th Street– heart of Five Points South

I’ve published more than 400 pieces about our Birmingham region in the past seven years.

But I was completely blindsided by comments on the I believe in Birmingham Facebook page for the article, Five Points South landlords are self-destructive. 

Continue reading Five Points South: Don’t let the ‘naysayers’ win