Category Archives: What’s great about Birmingham

What can Birmingham claim that no other city in the world has?

Richard Dickerson

Today’s guest columnist is Richard Dickerson.

What can Birmingham claim that no other city in the world has?

Some folks may say it is healthcare…

Others may point out our incredible restaurants.

However, other cities may claim the same.

So what is totally unique to Birmingham? What should be our face to the world? Continue reading What can Birmingham claim that no other city in the world has?

Birmingham bullet train to Atlanta

The westbound Amtrak Crescent streaks through the Titusville neighborhood in Birmingham, Ala., Wednesday, July 3, 2013. (Mark Almond/malmond@al.com)
The westbound Amtrak Crescent streaks through the Titusville neighborhood in Birmingham, Ala., Wednesday, July 3, 2013. (Mark Almond/malmond@al.com)

I actually wrote this column last year, but decided not to publish it.

It just seemed too farfetched.

But now that the Senate has passed a trillion dollar infrastructure bill, this could be Birmingham’s and Alabama’s big opportunity. Continue reading Birmingham bullet train to Atlanta

Huntsville is never going to be Alabama’s largest city

Tom Cosby
Tom Cosby

Today’s guest columnist is Tom Cosby.

There is a steady drumbeat in the clickbait news of how Huntsville is poised to overtake Birmingham as the state’s largest city.

While shocking in a man-bites-dog context, it is only true in the narrowest of contexts, that of comparing populations within a single municipality’s border. Continue reading Huntsville is never going to be Alabama’s largest city

A pioneering painter portrays an Alabama politician

Graham Boettcher, The R. Hugh Daniel Director of the Birmingham Museum of Art
Graham C. Boettcher, The R. Hugh Daniel Director of the Birmingham Museum of Art

Today’s guest columnist is Graham C. Boettcher.

The Birmingham Museum of Art is home to nearly 27,000 works of art encompassing cultures around the globe, created throughout human history. Continue reading A pioneering painter portrays an Alabama politician

The Birmingham story we never expected to tell

Protective Stadium
Protective Stadium

When I was Board Chair of Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce (now BBA), in 2005, we hired an economic development consultant.

He flew to town the night before our first meeting and stayed at the Tutwiler Hotel. While sitting at the bar that evening he engaged in conversation with one of our locals. Continue reading The Birmingham story we never expected to tell

Birmingham selected one of the coolest cities in America

Michel Arnaud

Today’s guest columnist is internationally recognized photographer Michel Arnaud.

This may come as a surprise but, Birmingham was an obvious choice when I selected it as one of the coolest cities in America for my latest title, Cool Is Everywhere (Abrams, 2020) especially since my last book was Detroit: The Dream Is Now (Abrams, 2016). Continue reading Birmingham selected one of the coolest cities in America

Beacon of hope shines brighter than ever on Birmingham

Sanjay Singh

Today’s guest columnist is Sanjay Singh.

Dora and I moved to Birmingham in 1993. I was a newly minted Ph.D. from University of Georgia, where I met Dr. Khris McAllister, former Chair of the Management Department of Collat School of Business. He invited me for an interview in the fall of 1992. Continue reading Beacon of hope shines brighter than ever on Birmingham

South Carolinian aches for trip back to Birmingham

Terry Barr
Terry Barr

Today’s guest columnist is Terry Barr.

Last week my wife and I ordered some Thai food from one of our neighborhood go-to cafes. We aren’t eating in restaurants until we all get a better handle and some perspective on this pandemic. Continue reading South Carolinian aches for trip back to Birmingham