Category Archives: Population

Confronted by a Vestavia man

Publix Vestavia Hills
Publix Vestavia Hills

It’s uncomfortable to talk about race.

It seems that most whites don’t like to discuss race–and neither do some blacks.

However, how can we have an intelligent conversation about Birmingham without race when race is almost always the central issue?

Last week I was wheeling my shopping cart through the produce section of Publix in Vestavia Hills when I was confronted by a casual acquaintance. Continue reading Confronted by a Vestavia man

Mountain Brook and Homewood suck leadership out of Birmingham

Alabama championship footballWould the University of Alabama have national championship football teams if 80% of its students were ineligible?

UA would have some good players, but we wouldn’t be winning many football games.

This is the heart of Birmingham’s problem.
Continue reading Mountain Brook and Homewood suck leadership out of Birmingham

I’ve been gobsmacked by this Birmingham statistic

Jeffrey Bayer, Bayer Properties
Jeffrey Bayer, President & CEO of Bayer Properties

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

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

Birmingham’s experiencing a surge in local pride and national attention because of developments that are breathing new life into our region. We’ve got great communities, world-class medical facilities, enchanting parks, and a nationally recognized food scene.

I keep hoping—“This is Birmingham’s time.”

But then I get a dose of reality. Continue reading I’ve been gobsmacked by this Birmingham statistic

Mountain Brook man: “How we can become unstoppable”

Norman Jetmundsen
Norman Jetmundsen

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

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

Greater Birmingham reminds me of a patient who goes to see his doctor.

He says, “Doc, I have good days and bad days.  I look at people around me and they seem to be healthier, have more energy, and be in better shape.”

Continue reading Mountain Brook man: “How we can become unstoppable”

Nashville Mayor has advice for Birmingham

Nashville Mayor Megan Berry speaking to Kiwanis Club of Birmingham
Nashville Mayor Megan Barry speaking to Kiwanis Club of Birmingham

If you think you’re good looking, but few people ask you for a date, you might suspect you have a problem.

You may think you’re ‘cool,’ but if all your friends give you the same advice, then maybe they see something you’re unable to recognize in yourself. Continue reading Nashville Mayor has advice for Birmingham

Jeffrey Bayer challenges Birmingham

Jeffrey Bayer, Bayer Properties
Jeffrey Bayer, President & CEO of Bayer Properties

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

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

I’ve always loved Birmingham…but quite frankly I’m disappointed.

I’m not talking about just the City of Birmingham—I’m talking about all of Birmingham—yes, all cities and counties.

Birmingham’s beautiful; our people are smart and generous; but it’s exasperating that we continue to lose our children, our businesses, and our jobs. Continue reading Jeffrey Bayer challenges Birmingham

We need to have a tough conversation…

Tripp Watson
Tripp Watson

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

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

It’s time for a tough conversation about Birmingham. I know that we have been putting this off for a while, but time is running out. Continue reading We need to have a tough conversation…

Are Birmingham business leaders loopy?

Mobile Skyline
Mobile Skyline

Every seat was full at the Harbert Center last week.

Jeff Immelt, CEO of General Electric, one of the largest companies in the world, addressed a joint luncheon of the Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs of Birmingham.

Rotarians and Kiwanians were thrilled to have the opportunity to see such an influential business executive– and hear him sing the praises of Alabama. Continue reading Are Birmingham business leaders loopy?

Jeffrey Bayer announces another preposterous project

Jeffrey Bayer, Bayer Properties
Jeffrey Bayer, President  & CEO of Bayer Properties

Today’s guest blog was written by Jeffrey Bayer.

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

When we proposed the Summit Shopping Center, folks told us we were insane and the City of Birmingham was accused of being irresponsible for advancing us $5 million.

We paid back that loan within two years and currently the Summit pays the City of Birmingham over $15 million a year in taxes. Continue reading Jeffrey Bayer announces another preposterous project

3 hellish numbers wrecking Birmingham

Hellish number wrecking Birmingham
Hellish number wrecking Birmingham

Here are those ‘hellish’ numbers:  37, 53, and 24.

But you will have to see the list at the end of this piece to understand the magnitude of the problem.

Let’s start with a question:  Would you know where to drive if I invited you to lunch in North Johns?

How about Maytown?

Or Sylvan Springs?

Don’t know where these cities are located?

Well you should. Continue reading 3 hellish numbers wrecking Birmingham