Category Archives: Guest blogger

Why I’m building my career in Boston rather than Birmingham

Karim Tarabein
Karim Tarabein

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

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

Before we start, this is going to be a sharp critique and I want to make sure we don’t get any wires crossed.

While I am critical about Birmingham, and in turn UAB, I want to point out I harbor no ill will toward either. Continue reading Why I’m building my career in Boston rather than Birmingham

Hoover can be a bold leader or greedy neighbor

John Lyda, Hoover City Councilor
John Lyda, Hoover City Councilor

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

Today’s guest blogger is  Hoover City Councilor John Lyda.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

Editor’s note:  This piece was originally published on October 23rd.  Three days later the proposal to move UAB Medical West to Hoover fell through and the hospital administration decided to build in McCalla on property it previously purchased.

The conversation of regional cooperation has been commonplace in the Birmingham metro area for decades, its roots traced back to the beginning of the urban sprawl that flourished in the 50’s, 60’s, and continuously since then.

Regrettably, the phrase “regional cooperation” has most often been rhetoric used in political campaigns, master planning processes, and feel good speeches.  Continue reading Hoover can be a bold leader or greedy neighbor

Birmingham once headed for greatness–We can do it again!

David Fleming,, President &CEO of REV Birmingham
David Fleming, President & CEO of REV Birmingham

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

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

If you were standing on the corner of 1st Avenue North and 20th Street in 1871, you would be standing in a forest.  A few miles to the west would be the small county seat town of Elyton.  You’d see a few pioneer homes scattered throughout the valley. Continue reading Birmingham once headed for greatness–We can do it again!

Birmingham could be the Southern city that gets it right

Natalie Pickett
Natalie Pickett

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

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

I am a proud native of the Birmingham area. I grew up in Hoover until I moved out of state for college.

I live in North Carolina now, but I visit Birmingham frequently to see my parents and siblings. Continue reading Birmingham could be the Southern city that gets it right

Director reckons with Art Museum’s ugly past

Graham Boettcher, The R. Hugh Daniel Director of the Birmingham Museum of Art
Graham Boettcher, The R. Hugh Daniel Director of the Birmingham Museum of Art

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

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

The Birmingham Museum of Art is proud to serve the people of our city.

Through the generosity of our community, we’ve built an exceptional collection of more than 27,000 works of art, and last year, welcomed 123,000 visitors through our doors.

It wasn’t so long ago, however, when we failed many of our citizens, writing a shameful chapter in the Museum’s history that we are still striving to overcome. Continue reading Director reckons with Art Museum’s ugly past

What’s this black woman doing in the Junior League of Birmingham?

Alexis Barton
Alexis Barton

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

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

I know you’ve seen it:

The Help. That movie another Southern girl (Kathryn Stockett) wrote, that shook up the publishing world and shone a light on a group of women’s audacity to use the written word to create change. Continue reading What’s this black woman doing in the Junior League of Birmingham?

Can UAB football continue to astound the experts?

Bill Clark, Head football coach UAB
Bill Clark, Head football coach UAB

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

Today’s guest blogger is  UAB Football coach Bill Clark.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

How special was #theReturn, our first season back as a football team at UAB in 2017? Everything we did was beyond my expectations.

In my wildest dreams, I thought if we won six games it would be a miracle. We won eight, the most victories in our Football Bowl Subdivision history. I said if we can somehow get bowl-eligible, it would really be a miracle. We went to the Bahamas Bowl, just the second bowl trip in our young history. Continue reading Can UAB football continue to astound the experts?

Birmingham: Our possibilities are limitless!

Chuck Holmes, Executive Director and General Manager of WBHM
Chuck Holmes, Executive Director and General Manager of WBHM

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

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

It happened again.

At WBHM, the public radio station that I lead here in Birmingham, we get occasional visits from our NPR colleagues in Washington, D.C.

After they’ve spent a day or so here, I know what’s coming. The reactions of first-time visitors to Birmingham have become predictable. Continue reading Birmingham: Our possibilities are limitless!

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!

Birmingham: Not as comfortable as I thought

Kashika Narang
Kashika Narang

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

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

Growing up in Birmingham, I had a large comfort zone surrounded by my family, the Indian community, and with the Altamont school of which I attended. Continue reading Birmingham: Not as comfortable as I thought