Category Archives: Guest blogger

Look out Hollywood–Here come’s Birmingham

Felicia Willson
Felicia Willson

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

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

I’m a Southern California native. I’ve worked on one of the best shows in television history: NBC’s The West Wing.

I’ve spent the last 20 years immersed in the land of lights, camera, action, and I’m here to tell ya, if you want to make a movie or a television show, the place to do it is… Birmingham, Alabama. Continue reading Look out Hollywood–Here come’s Birmingham

I didn’t grow up in Mountain Brook, but…

Ronnie Rice
Ronnie Rice, Ph.D., J.D

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

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

Many of the guest articles on ComebackTown appear to be written by people who grew up in Mountain Brook or over the mountain—so I had some reservations about telling my story.

Not only did I not grow up in Mountain Brook, I grew up in the opposite of Mountain Brook.

I’m from Prichard, Alabama—a small town with a 38% poverty rate and a median household income of $21,860. Continue reading I didn’t grow up in Mountain Brook, but…

Birmingham’s award-winning food scene vilified: BAD FOR AMERICA

Samantha Dubrinsky
Samantha Dubrinsky

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

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

Earlier this year, it was announced that Food & Wine magazine would be relocating to Birmingham. For weeks, there were articles highlighting what a wonderful move this is for Birmingham and the food industry. Continue reading Birmingham’s award-winning food scene vilified: BAD FOR AMERICA

Young mom: What I didn’t expect to find in Birmingham

Staci Vice
Staci Luker

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

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

I have a very distinct memory of being in the 8th grade and coming to Birmingham for an event at Samford University.

I was traveling with a group of fellow middle and high school students from small town Alabama where I had about 21 people in my entire grade in school.

As we went from interstate to interstate to get around and I watched the traffic rush by, I adamantly stated that I could never live in a city like Birmingham; I was a small town girl and the city was no place for me. Or so I thought. Continue reading Young mom: What I didn’t expect to find in 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?

Big boys in New York and Washington talking about us

Willie Chriesman, Á la Carte Alabama
Willie Chriesman, Á la Carte Alabama

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

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

Remember when the only news about Birmingham was bad?

We’ve weathered international public images of fire hoses and police dogs; scenes of urban decay; and the world watching Jefferson County suffer through one of the biggest municipal bankruptcies in history. Continue reading Big boys in New York and Washington talking about us

Can courageous Mountain Brook man transform our neighborhoods?

Stewart Welch, Founder Welch Group
Stewart Welch, Founder Welch Group
Jay Craig
Jay Craig

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

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

I describe Jay Craig as a Mountain Brook man—but that’s neither fair nor accurate.

Yes, Jay and I both attended Mountain Brook High School, but when he graduated, he left Mountain Brook never to return.

He currently resides in Sherman Heights near Ensley and lives a humble life congruent with his neighbors. Continue reading Can courageous Mountain Brook man transform our neighborhoods?

Why a Birmingham man wants to be called ‘Elephant Man’

Bryan Council
Bryan Council

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

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

There’s never been a neighborhood in Birmingham that’s gone through a more drastic transformation than Avondale.

A few years ago some people outside the community would have been afraid to get out of their cars. Continue reading Why a Birmingham man wants to be called ‘Elephant Man’

This Homewood millennial’s commute will surprise you!

Mike Mahon
Mike Mahon

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

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

My name is Mike Mahon.

My wife and I live in Homewood.

I grew up in the Birmingham area, graduated from the University of Virginia, and work as an investment banker in downtown Birmingham.

I’m an ordinary guy—but a recent improvement to my day-to-day routine has been raising a surprising amount of curiosity from people. Continue reading This Homewood millennial’s commute will surprise you!

Timid Mississippi gal intrigued by Birmingham

Uma Srivastava
Uma Srivastava

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

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

Close your eyes and imagine a timid young 17-year-old girl entering “Malfunction Junction” with a car full of school supplies, boxes, and clothes.

She had never lived anywhere else but in her hometown of Meridian, MS,– population 39,000 people. Continue reading Timid Mississippi gal intrigued by Birmingham