Category Archives: Guest columnist

Mountain Brook man reluctantly moves away, but has idea

Daniel Bolus

Today’s guest columnist is  Daniel Bolus.

I was born and raised in Birmingham and attended Mountain Brook High School.

I graduated with a degree in Biomedical Engineering  from Tulane University in 2018,  and, I have been involved in Birmingham’s entrepreneurial scene ever since.

My fiancé and I recently moved to Seattle, but would love to return to Birmingham one day pending more robust career opportunities.
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World Games impact much greater than 11 day event

Jim Coker
Jim Coker

Today’s guest columnist is Jim Coker.

Birmingham hosted the World Games from July 7th to July 17th, 2022.

Was it worth the time and expense?

Many folks are celebrating a big victory for Birmingham.

Others are not quite so sure.

What might the impact ultimately be for Birmingham?
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Birmingham may have lost historic Terminal Station, but…

Gordon Martin
Gordon G. Martin

Today’s guest columnist is Gordon G.  Martin.

I love Birmingham!

But I feel we sometimes focus on our failures and forget to celebrate our victories.

How many of you have had an opportunity to visit Charlotte, North Carolina? Continue reading Birmingham may have lost historic Terminal Station, but…

High speed rail Birmingham to Atlanta

Jennifer L. Greer
Jennifer L. Greer

Today’s guest columnist is Jennifer L. Greer.

Editor’s note: Last year ComebackTown published a column titled Birmingham bullet train to Atlanta. It was the most read piece in our history. I asked Jennifer Greer, a profession journalist, to determine its likelihood.

On a recent flight from North Dakota, Jane and Charles Falany, of Vestavia Hills, AL, thought they were almost home when their plane touched down in Atlanta, GA, around 4 p.m. Continue reading High speed rail Birmingham to Atlanta

Birmingham, how do we get our millennials back?

Brian McCoy
Brian McCoy

Today’s guest columnist is Brian McCoy.

Why did I leave Birmingham?

I was a dusty teen in the former coal mining camp, Docena, Alabama playing outside in the mud just 22 years ago.

After serving as a community activist in Birmingham and graduating from UAB in 2006, I had to focus on my career. Continue reading Birmingham, how do we get our millennials back?

Hope for Birmingham hikers, bikers, and runners

Thomas Spencer
Thomas Spencer

Today’s guest columnist is Thomas Spencer

I confess.

I’ve run into a conflict of interest. Though, I think it’s better described as a confluence of interests.

As a public policy researcher in my professional life and as a hiker, biker, runner, history buff, and nature nut, I like public parks.

I like parks, trails, and greenspace because I enjoy using them. And I like them because they are good policy. Continue reading Hope for Birmingham hikers, bikers, and runners

Birmingham secret weapon on west side hilltop

Daniel Coleman
Daniel Coleman

Today’s guest columnist is Daniel Coleman.

After returning home full-time in 2017, I began to invest in local companies, where I got to know many of our city’s entrepreneurs.

I also started teaching finance at Birmingham-Southern College. At 53 years old, I realized that I was a little rusty. So I decided that it was time for me to learn to program in Python as well as learn actuarial math. In December 2018, I became the 16th president of Birmingham-Southern. Continue reading Birmingham secret weapon on west side hilltop

Why World Games chose Birmingham

Alan Register
Alan Register

Today’s guest columnist is Alan Register.

The first World Games were played in Santa Clara, California in 1981.

They have not been played in America since.

Why then did they choose Birmingham?

And while we’re at it, why did the USFL select Birmingham?

There’s a simple answer, “a crazy idea” and “a winning streak.” Continue reading Why World Games chose Birmingham

The transformation of downtown Birmingham

Michael Calvert
Michael Calvert

Today’s guest columnist is Michael Calvert.

Predictions are always risky—especially about the future—but here are my predictions for downtown and the larger City Center.

In 1982, when I became CEO of Operation New Birmingham, REV’s predecessor, many people asked if I would bring back department stores and other retailers. I said downtown had evolved beyond its past as a retail center. Continue reading The transformation of downtown Birmingham