Category Archives: David Sher posts

Without Birmingham there is no Homewood

Homewood City Hall
Homewood City Hall

By David Sher

I know I’m going to take some flak.

When I publish columns about how our region would prosper with local government consolidation or collaboration, I brace myself for negative comments from folks who think their suburb is superior to Birmingham and imply we’d all be better off if Birmingham didn’t exist. Continue reading Without Birmingham there is no Homewood

Our leaders are ready to make Birmingham great again

Birmingham Skyline viewed from Railroad Park: Drawing by Jane Ross Reed,janereedrossart.com
Birmingham Skyline viewed from Railroad Park: Watercolor by Jane Reed Ross, janereedrossart.com

By David Sher

I’m dumbfounded.

Dumbfounded ‘good’.

Not dumbfounded ‘bad’.

Our Birmingham region has struggled for growth and economic progress for decades, but a recent poll clearly screams that our influential community leaders have had enough and are ready for change. Continue reading Our leaders are ready to make Birmingham great again

Downtown Birmingham was really cool when I was growing up

"Let's meet under the clock at Loveman's (Now McWane Center) when people wanted to meet downtown
“Let’s meet under the clock at Loveman’s” (Now McWane Science Center) where people used to meet when downtown

By David Sher

I grew up in the ‘50’s and ‘60’s and the number of contemporaries I can share my memories with is shrinking.

I feel compelled to tell my story of growing up in Birmingham—specifically downtown—because it was a unique time that young people today will find difficult to comprehend. Continue reading Downtown Birmingham was really cool when I was growing up

Mtn. Brook parents, don’t give up on your children’s future in Birmingham

Old Mill in Mountain Brook
Old Mill in Mountain Brook

By David Sher

People ask, “Why do you write about Mountain Brook?”

The answer is simple. I’ve lived much of my life in Mountain Brook.

If I had grown up in Trussville, I would probably write about Trussville. Continue reading Mtn. Brook parents, don’t give up on your children’s future in Birmingham

Red Mountain Cut idea goes viral (New video)

Red Mountain Cut at night
Vision of Red Mountain Cut (Photo courtesy of Red Mountain Cut Foundation)

By David Sher

Two weeks ago Bryson Stephens grabbed Birmingham’s attention with a brilliant idea for a lighted bridge alongside the Red Mountain Cut–an idea that could change the face of Birmingham.

The response has been positive and overwhelming.

Called “Gateway to the City, Bridge to the future,” a new website and video have just been launched. Continue reading Red Mountain Cut idea goes viral (New video)

Pelham, Vestavia Hills, Mountain Brook flimsy excuse to raise taxes

Pelham Civic Center
Pelham Civic Complex

By David Sher

I don’t get the logic.

I read the headlines and excuses, but they make no sense.

Read this recent headline.

Pelham raises sales tax for the first time since 2013 Continue reading Pelham, Vestavia Hills, Mountain Brook flimsy excuse to raise taxes

Is Jefferson County about to lose #1 license plate?

Alabama License Plate
Jefferson County license plates begin with the number 1.

By David Sher

I’m going to talk about Alabama’s  license plate codes to  belly-ache about our Birmingham regions lack of growth.

When I was a child traveling out of state and I saw an Alabama license plate beginning with the number 1, I would proudly proclaim to my family that the folks in that car were from Birmingham, and I would think to myself: Birmingham, the #1 city in Alabama.
Continue reading Is Jefferson County about to lose #1 license plate?