Category Archives: Government structure

There’s the guy who wants to get rid of Mountain Brook

Shades Creek along Jemison Trail in Mountain Brook
Shades Creek along Jemison Trail in Mountain Brook

“There’s the guy who wants to get rid of Mountain Brook.”

It’s a bit unsettling, but that’s what a prominent Mountain Brook man says to me every time he sees me.

If you follow his logic, then you would assume I also would be the guy who would like to get rid of Vestavia Hills, Homewood, Trussville, and every other Jefferson County municipality. Continue reading There’s the guy who wants to get rid of Mountain Brook

Nashville’s goof may be Birmingham’s big break

Jefferson County Mayors Kenneth Gulley, Bessemer; Stan Hogeland, Gardendale; Randall Woodfin, Birmingham; Stuart Welch, Mtn. Brook; Ashley Curry, Vestavia Hills; Frank Brocato, Hoover (photo courtesy BBJ)
Jefferson County Mayors Kenneth Gulley, Bessemer; Stan Hogeland, Gardendale; Randall Woodfin, Birmingham; Stuart Welch, Mtn. Brook; Ashley Curry, Vestavia Hills; Frank Brocato, Hoover at BBJ Mayors’ Roundtable (photo courtesy BBJ)

There’s an old joke about the highly addicted smoker who complains, “I’ve read  so much about the dangers of smoking that I’ve decided to quit reading.

That is how I feel about Nashville.

I read story after story about Nashville’s continued economic successes—recruiting companies—large and small to their city. Continue reading Nashville’s goof may be Birmingham’s big break

Why we should worry about what’s happening to Hoover

Galleria in HooverYou’ve probably had the misfortune of noticing a few ants crawling around in your kitchen cabinet.

This is almost always a tell-tale sign that there are a lot more ants nearby.

That’s what we’re beginning to see with Hoover.
Continue reading Why we should worry about what’s happening to Hoover

Is Birmingham mayor crazy?

Mayor Randall Woodfin of Birmingham
Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin jumps from airplane

I’m impressed with Birmingham’s new Mayor–Randall Woodfin.

His first few months in office have been a whirlwind of positive energy.

He’s surrounded himself with good people, sought feedback from anyone who will talk to him, and slowly and methodically identified and prioritized Birmingham’s problems and opportunities. Continue reading Is Birmingham mayor crazy?

Mtn. Brook, Homewood, Vestavia wannabe gambles & loses

Gardendale High School
Gardendale High School

Rarely do you have an opportunity to read an article that clearly shows why we’ve had virtually no job growth in our metropolitan area.

Erin Edgemon of al.com recently wrote a piece about how a Jefferson County municipality took a big gamble and lost.

Continue reading Mtn. Brook, Homewood, Vestavia wannabe gambles & loses

Birmingham like a bathtub with no stopper

Infinity Property & Casualty Corporation
Infinity Property & Casualty Corporation Downtown Birmingham headquarters

If this  article doesn’t get your attention about the future of greater Birmingham—nothing will.

We all know how a bathtub works.

Water comes out of a faucet into a tub and as long as the stopper is engaged, the bathtub fills up.

But what happens if there is no stopper? Continue reading Birmingham like a bathtub with no stopper

Mountain Brook, Hoover, Homewood, Vestavia Hills show leadership

Stewart Welch, Mayor of Mountain Brook
Stewart Welch, Mayor of Mountain Brook

I’m almost shell shocked.

I was flipping through the pages of the Over the Mountain Journal, when I saw the headline, “Hitting on all cylinders—Mountain Brook Mayor Welch Lays Out His Plans for 2018.”

The mayor of Mountain Brook, as you might expect, discussed his efforts to help Mountain Brook merchants and restaurants.

But then Mayor Welch, a longtime financial executive, went off in a completely and unexpected direction. Continue reading Mountain Brook, Hoover, Homewood, Vestavia Hills show leadership

How Birmingham may have missed out on 103,000 jobs

Dave Gray , President & CEO of Daxko
Dave Gray, President & CEO of Daxko

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

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

Huntsville is on track to surpass Birmingham as Alabama’s largest city.

This is a blow to our civic pride, but it also reflects far deeper issues in our metro area. Continue reading How Birmingham may have missed out on 103,000 jobs