Category Archives: Government structure

Confronted by a Vestavia man

Publix Vestavia Hills
Publix Vestavia Hills

It’s uncomfortable to talk about race.

It seems that most whites don’t like to discuss race–and neither do some blacks.

However, how can we have an intelligent conversation about Birmingham without race when race is almost always the central issue?

Last week I was wheeling my shopping cart through the produce section of Publix in Vestavia Hills when I was confronted by a casual acquaintance. Continue reading Confronted by a Vestavia man

A simple way to merge Birmingham into one great city

Jay Taylor
Jay Taylor

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

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

Consolidation.

It’s been long debated here in Birmingham.

Can we merge some of our central Alabama municipalities into one big, super city? And if so, which ones?

Allow me to toss an idea into the ring. Continue reading A simple way to merge Birmingham into one great city

Mountain Brook and Homewood suck leadership out of Birmingham

Alabama championship footballWould the University of Alabama have national championship football teams if 80% of its students were ineligible?

UA would have some good players, but we wouldn’t be winning many football games.

This is the heart of Birmingham’s problem.
Continue reading Mountain Brook and Homewood suck leadership out of Birmingham

I’ve been gobsmacked by this Birmingham statistic

Jeffrey Bayer, Bayer Properties
Jeffrey Bayer, President & CEO of Bayer Properties

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

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

Birmingham’s experiencing a surge in local pride and national attention because of developments that are breathing new life into our region. We’ve got great communities, world-class medical facilities, enchanting parks, and a nationally recognized food scene.

I keep hoping—“This is Birmingham’s time.”

But then I get a dose of reality. Continue reading I’ve been gobsmacked by this Birmingham statistic

Mountain Brook man: “How we can become unstoppable”

Norman Jetmundsen
Norman Jetmundsen

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

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

Greater Birmingham reminds me of a patient who goes to see his doctor.

He says, “Doc, I have good days and bad days.  I look at people around me and they seem to be healthier, have more energy, and be in better shape.”

Continue reading Mountain Brook man: “How we can become unstoppable”

Nashville Mayor has advice for Birmingham

Nashville Mayor Megan Berry speaking to Kiwanis Club of Birmingham
Nashville Mayor Megan Barry speaking to Kiwanis Club of Birmingham

If you think you’re good looking, but few people ask you for a date, you might suspect you have a problem.

You may think you’re ‘cool,’ but if all your friends give you the same advice, then maybe they see something you’re unable to recognize in yourself. Continue reading Nashville Mayor has advice for Birmingham

Do folks in Mountain Brook live in a bubble?

Maury Shevin & Joyce Spielberger
Maury Shevin & Joyce Spielberger

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

Today’s guest bloggers are husband and wife Maury Shevin & Joyce Spielberger.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

We got a surprising amount of push back from our blog post:  “Why We Escaped the Mountain Brook Bubble.” 

Some people thought that we were picking on Mountain Brook.

Others accused us of hypocrisy.

Still others said we are both “Pollyannas”.

This started us thinking more about whether folks in Mountain Brook really do live in a bubble. Continue reading Do folks in Mountain Brook live in a bubble?

Alabama must think we’re chumps (and we are)

I-20 /59 Bridge Project
I-20 /59 Bridge Project

Do you have any idea what’s about to hit us?

D Day is October 1st, 2018—next year.

And we’re letting it happen without a whimper—because, quite frankly, it’s too late.

This is just another example how we in greater Birmingham accept our helplessness and lack of vision. Continue reading Alabama must think we’re chumps (and we are)

Jeffrey Bayer challenges Birmingham

Jeffrey Bayer, Bayer Properties
Jeffrey Bayer, President & CEO of Bayer Properties

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

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

I’ve always loved Birmingham…but quite frankly I’m disappointed.

I’m not talking about just the City of Birmingham—I’m talking about all of Birmingham—yes, all cities and counties.

Birmingham’s beautiful; our people are smart and generous; but it’s exasperating that we continue to lose our children, our businesses, and our jobs. Continue reading Jeffrey Bayer challenges Birmingham