Category Archives: Guest blogger

The ingenious idea that could change the perception of B’ham forever!

DNA Helix Tower
DNA Helix Tower

Today’s guest columnist is Vance Wesson.

If you’d like to be a guest columnist, please click here.

Seattle has the Space Needle… Dallas–the Reunion Tower.

Visit the Tower of the Americas in San Antonio or the Calgary Tower in Alberta Canada.

Wow! What an experience!

But all of them, including the Stratosphere Tower in Las Vegas, and the Skylon Tower in Niagara Falls are similar in design. Continue reading The ingenious idea that could change the perception of B’ham forever!

I was furious when we moved to B’ham: Roy Wood, Jr. of Comedy Central

Roy Wood, Jr. (Photo by Jill Friedman)
Roy Wood, Jr. at Alabama Bicentennial (Photo by Jill Friedman)

Today’s guest blogger is Roy Wood, Jr.

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I was furious when we moved to Birmingham.

Absolutely furious!

Like most 2nd graders I had my network of friends. I was cool with the local guy at the corner store who gave me extra candy and I‘d finally earned a starting position on the little league team.  Continue reading I was furious when we moved to B’ham: Roy Wood, Jr. of Comedy Central

Texan married into a family feud when he moved to Birmingham

Joe Adams
Joe Adams

Today’s guest blogger is Joe Adams.

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A while back, my good friend Bill Ivey wrote a piece for ComebackTown about the history of Birmingham that recounted the elitists, racists, and snake-oil salesmen who built Birmingham.

It provided a great bibliography, with histories that told the story of how Birmingham was established. After more than a decade here, I’m still learning about the place I now call home.

It’s a lot to ponder. Continue reading Texan married into a family feud when he moved to Birmingham

At long last Birmingham students have options

Felicia Huntley
Felicia Huntley

Today’s guest blogger is Felicia Huntley.

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I wish the same thing for my son as you wish for yours.

I want for my son to have a chance in life.

I know he will never be successful without a quality education.

I live within the city limits of Birmingham, and up until now, parents have had very few educational options for their children. Continue reading At long last Birmingham students have options

Author of ‘Why we escaped the Mtn. Brook bubble’ has second thoughts

Maury Shevin
Maury Shevin

Today’s guest blogger is Maury Shevin.

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I questioned the diversity of our suburbs when I wrote, “Why we escaped the Mountain Brook bubble.”

But, two recent events have given me pause for reflection. Continue reading Author of ‘Why we escaped the Mtn. Brook bubble’ has second thoughts

Scarbinsky excited about B’ham sports

Kevin Scarbinsky
Kevin Scarbinsky

Today’s guest blogger is Kevin Scarbinsky.

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It happened in Birmingham.

Bear Bryant and 315. Bo over the top. Van Tiffin and the kick and “It’s good!” “It’s good.” “It’s good!” “It’s good.”

It was good. It was very, very good. It was the Iron Bowl, and it was the heart of big-time sports in this city. Past  tense. Continue reading Scarbinsky excited about B’ham sports

What fractured Birmingham can learn from Asheville

Emily Truncellito
Emily Truncellito

Today’s guest blogger is Emily Truncellito.

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Editor’s note: This piece was written as a response to Why would anyone want to vacation in Birmingham?

Nestled in the Blue Ridge link of the Appalachian Mountain chain is the tourist hot spot of Asheville, NC.

I lived in Asheville for over 20 years and worked in tourism there, witnessing the industry vacillate between incorporating the native population and excluding it. Continue reading What fractured Birmingham can learn from Asheville

Business woman’s brilliant business idea for Birmingham

Britney Summerville
Britney Summerville

Today’s guest blogger is Britney Summerville.

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Shipt is one of Birmingham’s great start-up success stories. The company went from a few employees to a $550 million acquisition in less than five years.

The big question is, ‘How can Birmingham replicate that success?’

Building from within isn’t the only way to grow a region. Continue reading Business woman’s brilliant business idea for Birmingham

Our negative history is not the Birmingham I know

Robert Milam
Robert Milam

Today’s guest blogger is Robert Milam.

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My heart sank when I read  the piece, “Elitists, racists, and snake-oil salesmen built Birmingham,” published on ComebackTown.

My reaction was one of frustration and some embarrassment because it was so focused on the negative parts of Birmingham’s history. Continue reading Our negative history is not the Birmingham I know