Category Archives: Guest blogger

VJ Graffeo dreams of Birmingham being an “it” city

 

V.J. Graffeo

Comebacktown published by David Sher & Phyllis Neill to begin a discussion on creating better government for our region.

Today’s guest blogger is V.J Graffeo, a young professional.

I’m a Birmingham homer.  I drink the Magic City Kool-Aid in such excess that I am often blind to our blemishes, dreaming that perhaps that just one day, we will transform into an “it” city.  Continue reading VJ Graffeo dreams of Birmingham being an “it” city

Should we celebrate Birmingham’s 50th civil rights anniversary?

 

Willie Chriesman

Comebacktown published by David Sher & Phyllis Neill to begin a discussion on creating a better government for our region.

Today’s guest blogger is Willie Chriesman.

The city of Birmingham has come up with a name for its observations of the landmark events of the Civil Rights Movement that took place here in 1963. But you have to wonder if “50 Years Forward” is more descriptive of the last half-century or more aspirational for the decades to come. Continue reading Should we celebrate Birmingham’s 50th civil rights anniversary?

A modest idea to end balkanization of Birmingham School System

 

Scotty Colson

Comebacktown published by David Sher & Phyllis Neill to begin a discussion on creating better government for metro Birmingham.

Today’s guest blogger is Scotty Colson.

When the School Board went to an elected board is when my family pretty much gave up on quality changes in our system. At that time I asked anyone who would listen how adding 9 more politicians did anything to make our system better. Since then we have seen an exodus from our schools and a consistent descent into failure culminated in recent events. Continue reading A modest idea to end balkanization of Birmingham School System

The real problem with our Birmingham Board of Education

 

Michael Calvert

Comebacktown published by David Sher & Phyllis Neill to begin a discussion on creating better government for our region.

Today’s guest blogger is Michael Calvert.

The fundamental problem with the Birmingham Board of Education is the election of board members from the nine City Council districts. This structure explains much of the poor performance of board members. Continue reading The real problem with our Birmingham Board of Education

Downtown Birmingham safe as Mt. Brook or Vestavia

 

Teresa Thorne Executive Director of City Action Partnership (CAP)

Comebacktown published by David Sher & Phyllis Neill to begin a discussion on creating a better government for our region.

Today’s guest blogger is Teresa Thorne.

Downtown Birmingham is as safe as the over-the-mountain neighbors Mountain Brook and Vestavia. How can I make that assertion? Here are the numbers:

Crime in the central downtown (85-block area) that CAP patrols has dropped 55% from 1995-2011. Continue reading Downtown Birmingham safe as Mt. Brook or Vestavia

Washington and Montgomery playing us for suckers

 

Willie Chriesman

Comebacktown published by David Sher & Phyllis Neill to begin a discussion on creating a better government for our region.

Today’s guest blogger is Willie Chriesman.

It sounded like a nice offer. Gov. Robert Bentley offered to intervene in the highly-charged clash over in-patient services at Cooper Green Mercy Hospital. But there was a catch. Both sides had to agree that they wanted the governor’s involvement before he stepped in. Not likely after the contentious events that have led us to where we are today. Continue reading Washington and Montgomery playing us for suckers

Downtown Birmingham makes a huge comeback

John Lauriello, Principal, Southpace Properties

Comebacktown published by David Sher & Phyllis Neill to begin a discussion on how to fix our segmented-dysfunctional regional governments.

Today’s guest blogger is John Lauriello of Southpace Properties

I’m an early bird. I come into our downtown office around 7:00 or 7:30 every morning. I see people of all ages out walking their dogs or just enjoying the morning. They live in condos or lofts, and most likely they work nearby, too. Those scenarios were unimaginable in this town 30 years ago. Continue reading Downtown Birmingham makes a huge comeback