Category Archives: Government structure

What Birmingham can learn from a former Texan who came from the North

William J. Carl III, PhD, Senior Pastor of Independent Presbyterian Church in Birmingham
William J. Carl III, PhD, Senior Pastor of Independent Presbyterian Church in Birmingham

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a more prosperous Birmingham.

Today’s guest blogger is Dr.  William Carl .  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

I write this piece, not because I want to, but because I feel compelled to. What I offer here are my personal views as a citizen, not the random thoughts of a religious leader in this community. Continue reading What Birmingham can learn from a former Texan who came from the North

What I’ve learned about Birmingham, Mtn. Brook, & people

Mountain Brook Village
Mountain Brook Village

It’s been a wild ride publishing ComebackTown.

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

The rocket fuel that could launch Birmingham!

Jim, Dixon, President of Arlington Properties
Jim Dixon, President of Arlington Properties

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a more prosperous Birmingham.

Today’s guest blogger is  Jim Dixon.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

What makes a city great?

My team should know—we evaluate cities every day.

Our work as real estate developers requires us to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of cities and towns before we ever search for and underwrite development or investment opportunities. Continue reading The rocket fuel that could launch Birmingham!

Confusion in Mtn. Brook, Vestavia, Homewood, & Birmingham

Traffic accidentI recently published a piece titled “Mountain Brook stealing from Vestavia Hills.”

It tells about my clever Mountain Brook friend who smuggles his garbage into the trashcans of a nearby Vestavia Hills’ neighbor because Vestavia picks up garbage more often than Mountain Brook. Continue reading Confusion in Mtn. Brook, Vestavia, Homewood, & Birmingham

We increase our taxes to screw each other

UAB Medical WestI apologize for using the word ‘screw’ in the title, but I can’t find a more appropriate term.

Why is there so little job growth in Birmingham?  Well, look no further than what appears to be happening in Hoover.

How do you feel about tax increases?

How about tax increases to stab your neighbors in the back? Continue reading We increase our taxes to screw each other

Why we should worry about what’s happening in Irondale

A standing room only crowd attended a public hearing on a proposed 1 percent occupational tax.
A standing room only crowd attended an Irondale public hearing on a proposed 1 percent occupational tax

Some of you are probably going to think I’m going to blame Irondale’s financial challenges on its elected officials.

I am not.

I’m not sure there’s a human being alive who could find a painless way for Irondale or many of our other municipalities to avoid financial challenges. Continue reading Why we should worry about what’s happening in Irondale