Category Archives: Regional collaboration

Councilors from Mtn. Brook, Hoover, Vestavia, B’ham, Bessemer and Homewood take action

Jennifer Andress
Jennifer Andress

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

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

If you have lived in the Birmingham area for any length of time, you know its greatest limitation: 35 municipalities in Jefferson County alone.

That’s 35 separate governments, duplicating services to its citizens and operating for each’s own well-being. Continue reading Councilors from Mtn. Brook, Hoover, Vestavia, B’ham, Bessemer and Homewood take action

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

Birmingham mayors prove to the world we’re not bonkers

BonkersPaying attention to feedback from others with a broader point of view often offers insight.

That’s particularly true when it’s The Economist, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Brookings Institution, and the Milken Institute. Continue reading Birmingham mayors prove to the world we’re not bonkers

Gardendale, Irondale, & Fultondale: The devil made us do it!

The devil
Drawing by Adam Stermer

The national media continue to beat us up–First The New York Times and now The Wall Street Journal.

In December of last year, The New York Times wrote a piece subtitled, “Nashville and others are thriving…while cities like Birmingham, Ala., fall behind.”

Continue reading Gardendale, Irondale, & Fultondale: The devil made us do it!

Could be the biggest day in modern Birmingham history

Jefferson County population 1970-2017
Jefferson County population 1970-2017

April 3, 2019 could be the biggest day in Birmingham history.

This is not an exaggeration.

Our region has historically been plagued with distrust and dysfunction. Continue reading Could be the biggest day in modern Birmingham history

Who do we blame for I-20/59 shutdown?

Elevated bridges of Interstate 59/20 divide Birmingham, isolating neighborhoods and creating a clear boundary between two parts of the city.
Elevated bridges of Interstate 20/59 divide Birmingham, isolating neighborhoods and creating a clear boundary between two parts of the city.

ALDOT closed I-20/59 through downtown–and the sun came up the next day.

I don’t know if this has been a fiasco or a nonevent, but I do know it’s time we take control of our future. Continue reading Who do we blame for I-20/59 shutdown?

What we can learn from Vestavia Hills

Spouts' abandoned retail space on Highway 31 Vestavia Hills
Sprouts’ abandoned retail space Highway 31 Vestavia Hills

I publish an article about our Birmingham region every week, but this piece affects me more directly since I live in Vestavia Hills.

It also impacts my wallet since I spend a lot of money in my community and Vestavia raised our sales taxes from 9 to 10% last year. Continue reading What we can learn from Vestavia Hills