Category Archives: What’s great about Birmingham

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

Did it take a pandemic to ignite Birmingham’s economy?

Another gorgeous autumn day in Vestavia Hillls
Another gorgeous autumn day in Vestavia Hills

The pandemic hit and unexpectedly a few of my friends’ children moved back  home to Birmingham—some temporarily and some permanently.

Cities like New York were in lockdown leaving many unfortunate souls imprisoned in their apartments or condominiums. Continue reading Did it take a pandemic to ignite Birmingham’s economy?

Birmingham’s bright young future

Birmingham Regions Field Sign
Regions Field Sign (Mark Almond al.com)

I’m regularly asked, “Are you optimistic or pessimistic about Birmingham?

I always respond, ‘optimistic.’

The reason I’m optimistic is because we have a unique advantage.

Continue reading Birmingham’s bright young future

Birmingham surprised me!

Jeff Barrett
Jeff Barrett

Editor’s note: On January 17th, Jeff Barrett, a highly respected business writer, wrote a piece for Entrepreneur saying Birmingham, Alabama was the most interesting place he visited in 2019. He’s not done bragging on Birmingham…

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When you spend two years traveling to 50+ cities, 40+ states for Inc and Entrepreneur you gain a very unique perspective about the country. There isn’t a bad trip; everyone is putting their best foot forward.

Still, Birmingham has surprised me. This isn’t another article. This is a thank you letter to Birmingham. Continue reading Birmingham surprised me!