Category Archives: What’s great about Birmingham

Birmingham about to disrupt babysitting world

Tommy Mayfield, Founder & CEO at Wyndy
Tommy Mayfield, Founder & CEO at Wyndy

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

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

Birmingham is known as the Magic City because it sprang into existence, as if by magic, in the years following the Civil War.

In many respects, the story of our city’s unlikely beginning mirrors my own, which began while I was practicing law at Maynard Cooper & Gale.

My wife Ginger and I had a crazy idea. Continue reading Birmingham about to disrupt babysitting world

Mountain Brook builds wall—demands Vestavia pay for it!

Bridge along Jemison Trail in Mountain Brook
Bridge along Jemison Trail in Mountain Brook

A good friend and I walk the Jemison Trail every week.

The Jemison Trail is a quiet peaceful path that winds along Shades Creek in Mountain Brook.

Recently we noticed a new walking bridge had been constructed along the trail.

I remarked that the bridge must have cost a lot of money. Continue reading Mountain Brook builds wall—demands Vestavia pay for it!

Was it worth spending $200 million on Birmingham’s airport?

Al Denson, President and CEO of the Birmingham Airport Authority
Al Denson, President and CEO of the Birmingham Airport Authority

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

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

You probably don’t remember how dilapidated our airport was.

The infrastructure was no longer able to accommodate what we needed in order to offer the public and our stakeholders a first class facility.

We desperately needed to beef up security.

And visitors to Birmingham probably thought they were arriving in a third world country.

Continue reading Was it worth spending $200 million on Birmingham’s airport?

Birmingham millennials: I have great news for you!

Cindy Martin, Founder & President of Bham Now
Cindy Martin, Founder & President of Bham Now

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

Today’s guest blogger is Cindy Martin.

Editor’s note: WARNING:  This piece is a shameless effort to suck up to Cindy Martin who invited me to speak at her BOLD Speakers’ Series on April 13th.  HINT:  Please click on link for tickets.

There’s a gaping hole in our local media.

Sure, we have the established al.com and The Birmingham News.

Business people depend on the Birmingham Business Journal.

African-Americans lean on The Birmingham Times.

There are weeklies like Weld…and there are suburban newspapers like The Vestavia Voice and The Homewood Star.

But what about millennials? Continue reading Birmingham millennials: I have great news for you!

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