Category Archives: Guest blogger

Birmingham: “City of Churches”?

Peter Leithart
Peter Leithart

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

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

Between 1947 and 1965, white vigilantes dynamited fifty black homes and churches in Birmingham.

On one ghastly night in May 1963, assassins tried to kill Martin Luther King, Jr. by bombing his brother’s home and the Gaston Motel, touching off an all-night riot. Continue reading Birmingham: “City of Churches”?

Millennial has love affair with Birmingham

Jessica Poor
Jessica Poor

Today’s guest blogger is Jessica Poor.

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

I’ve been a Birmingham resident for a little over four years.

I did not grow up in the Birmingham area and I’d really never visited the city until I decided it was going to be home a few years ago.

Like most recent college graduates at the time, I thought Birmingham would be a nice two-year stop on my way to the next big thing. Continue reading Millennial has love affair with Birmingham

Gun violence epidemic in parts of B’ham: View from UAB Trauma Center

Dr. Jeffrey Kerby, Director of the Division of Acute Care Surgery and Chief of the Trauma Service at UAB Hospital
Dr. Jeffrey Kerby, Director Division of Acute Care Surgery and Chief of Trauma Service at UAB Hospital

Today’s guest blogger is Dr. Jeffrey Kerby.

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

Something needs to be done for the communities in or around Birmingham experiencing a dramatic increase in gun violence. Continue reading Gun violence epidemic in parts of B’ham: View from UAB Trauma Center

Jefferson County mayor does the right thing

Mayor Hoyt Sanders of Pinson
Mayor Hoyt Sanders of Pinson

Today’s guest blogger is  Hoyt Sanders.

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

A number of Jefferson County mayors signed a pact this year to combat “poaching” of businesses between cities and to pursue long-term economic growth for our region. Continue reading Jefferson County mayor does the right thing

Mountain Brook parent thankful for living in Birmingham

Trotter Cobb
Trotter Cobb

Today’s guest blogger is  Trotter Cobb.

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As parents, we worry about this every day.

How will our special needs son react as his life unfolds and those close to him die?

This lingering anxiety came riveting home to me not too long ago when my brother-in-law, who was one of my son’s favorite uncles, died. They were together a lot. My brother-in-law Andrew was a formative influence on Trot, who is 22 years old. Continue reading Mountain Brook parent thankful for living in Birmingham

Alabama cities suffocated by a system designed for failure

Bill Ivey
Bill Ivey

Today’s guest blogger is  Bill Ivey.

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

For a moment, let’s assume a few things about the Birmingham metro area.

That the Birmingham mayor and council are the best we’ve had in generations.

That the Jefferson County Commission is in peak form. Continue reading Alabama cities suffocated by a system designed for failure

Birmingham: The next ‘it’ city by thinking small

V.J. Graffeo
V.J. Graffeo

Today’s guest blogger is V.J. Graffeo.

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

Birmingham’s homegrown success stories like Shipt and large-scale development investments such as the new Amazon fulfillment center in Bessemer deservingly gain headlines due to the excitement of the massive economic benefits created.  Continue reading Birmingham: The next ‘it’ city by thinking small

What I didn’t expect to find when I moved back to B’ham from New York

Barbara Burton
Barbara Burton

Today’s guest blogger is Barbara Burton, President of Chalker Group, a talent acquisition firm.

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

After 30 years in New York City, I had no idea what I would find moving back to Birmingham.

But what I found was totally unexpected. Continue reading What I didn’t expect to find when I moved back to B’ham from New York

Birmingham music scene on verge of national recognition

Geno Pearson, Program Director & Co-Owner of Birmingham Mountain Radio
Geno Pearson, Program Director & Co-Owner of Birmingham Mountain Radio

ComebackTown is published by David Sher for a more prosperous greater Birmingham.

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

Birmingham has earned a national reputation for great food.

Now Birmingham’s earning a national reputation for great music! Continue reading Birmingham music scene on verge of national recognition

Will it take a horrific disaster to fix Birmingham schools?

Mark Martin
Dr. Mark Martin

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

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

“Birmingham is on the rise,” but our schools are in steady decline.

We led the nation through a historic civil rights movement, yet, each day as the 8 o’clock bell rings, we deny our most marginalized children a quality education. Continue reading Will it take a horrific disaster to fix Birmingham schools?