Category Archives: Guest columnist

Why Birmingham is not competitive

Daniel Coleman
Daniel Coleman

Today’s guest columnist is Daniel Coleman.

If economic growth comes from increased productivity, where does productivity come from?  Capital and labor.

Capital can come from anywhere. Our issue in Birmingham is with “labor.” We have some great entrepreneurs here, with great ideas, who cannot find the workers they need to build and grow their companies. Continue reading Why Birmingham is not competitive

Terrified 82-year-old says Alabama uses tax dollars against her

Marva Douglas
Marva Douglas

Today’s guest columnist is Marva Douglas.

I was 12 years old in 1951.

Too young to vote.

But that really didn’t matter because even if I’d been an adult, I could not have voted.

Voting rights for Black people didn’t come until 1965 with the passage of the Voting Rights Act. Continue reading Terrified 82-year-old says Alabama uses tax dollars against her

Did you know Birmingham had a counterculture?

Terry Barr
Terry Barr

Today’s guest columnist is Terry Barr.

My brother asked me the other day if I remembered a place on Birmingham’s north side—1st Avenue, to be exact.

A place run by an old Bessemer guy, a friend of our mother, named Jim Anderson. His place was called: Seeds 4: Never Before Store. Continue reading Did you know Birmingham had a counterculture?

What if Netlix’s wildly popular ‘Maid’ lived in Birmingham?

Allison L. Dearing
Allison L. Dearing

Today’s guest columnist is Allison Dearing.

If you haven’t watched ‘Maid’ on Netflix, please stop what you are doing and watch it now.

‘Maid’ passed ‘The Queens Gambit’ to be the most watched limited TV series on Netflix. Continue reading What if Netlix’s wildly popular ‘Maid’ lived in Birmingham?

International journalist praises Birmingham’s spirit

Katrin Brand
Katrin Brand

Today’s guest columnist is Katrin Brand.

Last year, on a bright October day two German travelers arrived tired and weary from their long car drive through the south.

They were late, opening hours were almost over, but they were allowed half an hour to roam around.

The sun was already low, and in front of them the derelict reminders of the long gone age of iron and steel were glowing in a bright and rusty red under a clear blue sky. Continue reading International journalist praises Birmingham’s spirit

1st time JeffCo white men executed for murder of Black

Jay Glass
Jay Glass

Today’s guest columnist is Jay Glass.

Within central Jefferson County near Forestdale there is a wooded elevated area, which at only 699 feet above sea level, belies its name of “Cat Mountain.”

It was there on June 16, 1911 that a Black man named John Holland came to his death at the hands of several white men. Continue reading 1st time JeffCo white men executed for murder of Black

Birmingham’s colonial economy

Daniel Coleman
Daniel Coleman

Today’s guest columnist is Daniel Coleman.

Since returning to Birmingham full time in late 2017, I have made a conscious effort to integrate myself into the day-to-day life of my hometown.

I joined the boards of three companies and four non-profits, worked closely with the finance department at City Hall, joined Birmingham-Southern College as an adjunct professor, and then, a year later became its 16th president. Continue reading Birmingham’s colonial economy

Man wakes from 35-year cryogenic freeze to find a new Birmingham

Daniel Coleman
Daniel Coleman

Today’s guest columnist is Daniel Coleman.

On our first date – January 1995 in Chicago – Brooke and I talked about Birmingham.

Although we had both believed we had to leave our shared hometown to start our lives – Smith and graduate school at the University of Chicago for her, Yale and the MBA program at the University of Chicago for me – we also both knew we would move home someday. Continue reading Man wakes from 35-year cryogenic freeze to find a new Birmingham