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?
I live in two different worlds.
The world of my contemporaries—folks 50, 60, 70 years old who are generally happy with the status quo.
And the world of 20, 30, and 40 year olds—who are desperate for change.
I make some of my contemporary friends nervous.
Continue reading Look out divided Birmingham: Here come the Millennials!
My wife and I are a Costco family
We shop Costco every week, eat free snacks, and look forward to chance meetings with friends—many we haven’t seen in years.
Continue reading Oh no! Homewood, Vestavia, & now Hoover
Mountain Brook Village
It’s been a wild ride publishing
I never dreamed publishing a weekly blog about how to create a more prosperous Birmingham could be so challenging—but so DARN interesting!
I’ve learned so much about human nature, Birmingham, and our suburban neighbors.
Continue reading What I’ve learned about Birmingham, Mtn. Brook, & people
It’s a beautiful sunny day.
You work downtown and make plans to meet a friend at the Summit for lunch.
You drive onto the 3
rd Avenue North entrance ramp of the Red Mountain Expressway. Continue reading 13 Jeffco cities wasting your money–risking your life