Category Archives: What’s great about Birmingham

Is it okay for Chattanooga to beat us too?

Scott Crawford
Scott Crawford

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

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

Chattanooga used to be a sleepy, smelly, backward southern industrial town.

Not anymore.

Chattanooga has made one shrewd decision after another.

Chattanooga built a great Riverwalk, an amazing Aquarium, and it saved its historic train station.  (Chattanooga Choo Choo) Continue reading Is it okay for Chattanooga to beat us too?

Birmingham becoming epicenter for technology, startups, and entrepreneurs

Kathleen Hamrick
Kathleen Hamrick (Photo by Bob Farley)

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

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

I’m a 29 year old millennial living here in Birmingham with a passion for entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology.

I travel often to the East and West coast and I’ve seen other innovation ecosystems, met investors, and gotten to know successful startup founders from all walks of life, and I can tell you that it’s a real doggone good time to be in Birmingham. Continue reading Birmingham becoming epicenter for technology, startups, and entrepreneurs

Oh! No! They forced me to move downtown!

Taylor Johnson (City dog)
Taylor Johnson (City dog)

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

Today’s guest blogger is cute and cuddly Taylor Johnson.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click or place you ‘paw’ here.

I was the new dog on the block when I moved to downtown Birmingham with my humans in the fall of 2010.

I was used to a back yard and had never seen the big city before.  I had no idea how to be a city dog or exactly what there was to do in the city.

I was worried… Continue reading Oh! No! They forced me to move downtown!

Am I mad for buying Century Plaza?

Thomas Beavers, Senior Pastor of the New Rising Star Church
Thomas Beavers, Senior Pastor of the New Rising Star Church

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

Today’s guest blogger is Pastor Thomas Beavers .  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

Am I mad for buying Century Plaza?

Yes, THAT Century Plaza– the abandoned mall in east Birmingham.

And that’s not even the mad part.

We’re buying a rundown behemoth of a property and converting it into a church and a school.

743,000 square feet of retail space; 62 acres; 1,400 parking spaces, and 1.3 miles around. Continue reading Am I mad for buying Century Plaza?

Mountain Brook gal: Continued adventures in Birmingham

Mimi Shannon
Mimi Shannon

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

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

Last year you may have read my piece on how I moved from Mountain Brook to downtown Birmingham—Mountain Brook gal: Achieving my dreams in downtown Birmingham.

In that piece I wrote that in 2012 I was living in my hometown of Birmingham in Mountain Brook and I was desperate to leave. I felt I needed to reach outside to accomplish my goals and achieve my dreams.

Continue reading Mountain Brook gal: Continued adventures in Birmingham

Birmingham: A lot more than Roll Tide fans and BBQ

Casey Howard
Casey Howard

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

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

Ok, so I have to come out and admit this up front – when my husband, Robert, mentioned that there was an opportunity at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, my first thought was, “Why on earth would we move to Birmingham, Alabama?” Continue reading Birmingham: A lot more than Roll Tide fans and BBQ

Why would anyone from a cooler place want to live in Birmingham?

Stephanie Salvago
Stephanie Salvago

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

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

“How did you end up in Alabama?”

It is a question I ask people all the time.

I use to ask it with a tone of disbelief.  Yet, I would meet people from New York, California, England, South Africa, and many other places, all of whom wound up in Birmingham.  Continue reading Why would anyone from a cooler place want to live in Birmingham?

Birmingham: Silicon Valley ‘eat’ your heart out

Joshua Jones
Joshua Jones, Managing Partner, StrategyWise, Birmingham’s fastest growing company

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

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

I’ve considered myself lucky to have spent most of my life traversing different cities, countries and cultures.

As a teenager, I started and sold a series of companies while exploring and working in Latin America. Later, my wife and I moved with our children to Japan, where I worked for a non-profit organization as their Asia Director. Continue reading Birmingham: Silicon Valley ‘eat’ your heart out

Birmingham: We can change the world

Andrea L. Taylor, President and CEO Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
Andrea L. Taylor, President & CEO Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

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

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

Wish me happy anniversary.  I’m celebrating my first year in Birmingham this month.

I’ve lived, worked, and traveled the U.S. and visited more than 70 countries on seven continents.

I see Birmingham through a unique lens and have been made to feel very welcome here.

If  asked about the history of Birmingham, you might tell me about Bull Connor, dogs and hoses, or the 1963 church bombing.

You might feel embarrassed about Birmingham and prefer the world forgets.

However, Birmingham’s tortuous history may be our biggest strength. Continue reading Birmingham: We can change the world

Mountain Brook gal: Achieving my dreams in downtown Birmingham

Mimi Shannon
Mimi Shannon

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

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

At this second, writing this article, I am sitting right next door to my apartment building on the brand new Rotary Trail.

The sun is setting, the “Magic City” sign is changing from red to white, there is a black family with their kids that are playing on an abstract cement seat, a preppy looking young white father and his two toddler children walking by, a young hippie couple admiring the trail, Zyp bikes flying above me on 1st Avenue South, and runners galore.

Continue reading Mountain Brook gal: Achieving my dreams in downtown Birmingham