Category Archives: What’s great about Birmingham

Look out Broadway–Birmingham is ‘comin’

Keith Cromwell
Keith Cromwell

Today’s guest column is Keith Cromwell.

Of course Birmingham is The Magic City, because I’ve seen dreams come true here with my own eyes.

I took the helm of Red Mountain Theatre (RMT) as Executive Director in 2003 and I’ve been overwhelmed with the potential for Birmingham and its youth. Continue reading Look out Broadway–Birmingham is ‘comin’

Red Mountain Cut idea goes viral (New video)

Red Mountain Cut at night
Vision of Red Mountain Cut (Photo courtesy of Red Mountain Cut Foundation)

By David Sher

Two weeks ago Bryson Stephens grabbed Birmingham’s attention with a brilliant idea for a lighted bridge alongside the Red Mountain Cut–an idea that could change the face of Birmingham.

The response has been positive and overwhelming.

Called “Gateway to the City, Bridge to the future,” a new website and video have just been launched. Continue reading Red Mountain Cut idea goes viral (New video)

New partnership marks stunning victory for our parks

Thomas Spencer
Thomas Spencer

This week’s guest columnist is Tom Spencer.

This month, the Jefferson County Greenways Commission is launching a national search for a superintendent to lead the development of a system of large-acreage public parks, bringing together Red Mountain Park, Ruffner Mountain, and Turkey Creek Nature Preserve. Continue reading New partnership marks stunning victory for our parks

A one-of-a-kind world-class asset could change the face of Birmingham

Bryson Stephens
Bryson Stephens

Today’s guest columnist is Bryson Stephens.

(Illustrations below show what is possible for our Red Mountain Cut)

On a chilly winter day in 2015, my 11-year-old daughter and I climbed the eastern wall of the Cut in Red Mountain.

A few months prior, a businessperson had told me that the Cut “looked like crap.” The last time I had physically been there was on an elementary school field trip in the early ‘80s, so I wanted to see it for myself. And it seemed like a good father-daughter excursion. Continue reading A one-of-a-kind world-class asset could change the face of Birmingham

French gal’s love affair with Birmingham

Claire Le Clech
Claire Le Clech

Today’s guest columnist is Claire Le Clech.

Bonjour!

I am Claire Le Clech, a French law student from Paris who spent two months in Birmingham for an internship with a Judge-Judge Patricia Stephens at the Domestic Relations Court-and I want to share with you a little bit about my experience. Continue reading French gal’s love affair with Birmingham

You won’t believe what kind of games are coming to Birmingham

Bill Ryan
Bill Ryan

Today’s guest columnist is Bill Ryan.

Birmingham, you convinced me and my team!

Our group evaluated sites for our national games and Birmingham, in an 11th hour pitch, catapulted to the top of our list and joined renowned event cities like Houston, Salt Lake City, Indianapolis and Cleveland. Continue reading You won’t believe what kind of games are coming to Birmingham

We must not overlook Birmingham’s biggest blessing

Angel
Many angels in Birmingham

By David Sher

A couple of weeks ago my wife went on a long walk starting and ending in Crestline Village.

She and a friend walk every Sunday and have done so for years.

Unfortunately, on that particular day the temperature was 95º with 80% humidity. Continue reading We must not overlook Birmingham’s biggest blessing

Mr. Rogers would be proud of wonderful downtown Birmingham neighborhood

Michael Calvert
Michael Calvert

Today’s guest columnist is Michael Calvert.

A few years ago, there was no neighborhood other than public housing in downtown Birmingham.

Pioneering loft residents created a vibrant, social life to make “wonderful days” and wonderful nights, too, in Birmingham’s downtown neighborhood.

Like Mister Rogers, they said to each other, “Won’t you be my neighbor?” Continue reading Mr. Rogers would be proud of wonderful downtown Birmingham neighborhood