Category Archives: What’s great about Birmingham

Why would anyone want to vacation in Birmingham?

The Vulcan statue--largest cast iron statue in the world
The Vulcan statue–largest cast iron statue in the world

I get jealous when I visit other cities with major tourist attractions.

Birmingham just doesn’t seem to be competitive.

But with a little imagination, we could do much better. Continue reading Why would anyone want to vacation in Birmingham?

Millennial has love affair with Birmingham

Jessica Poor
Jessica Poor

Today’s guest blogger is Jessica Poor.

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I’ve been a Birmingham resident for a little over four years.

I did not grow up in the Birmingham area and I’d really never visited the city until I decided it was going to be home a few years ago.

Like most recent college graduates at the time, I thought Birmingham would be a nice two-year stop on my way to the next big thing. Continue reading Millennial has love affair with Birmingham

Mountain Brook parent thankful for living in Birmingham

Trotter Cobb
Trotter Cobb

Today’s guest blogger is  Trotter Cobb.

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As parents, we worry about this every day.

How will our special needs son react as his life unfolds and those close to him die?

This lingering anxiety came riveting home to me not too long ago when my brother-in-law, who was one of my son’s favorite uncles, died. They were together a lot. My brother-in-law Andrew was a formative influence on Trot, who is 22 years old. Continue reading Mountain Brook parent thankful for living in Birmingham

Birmingham not worst place to live in America

View of Homewood from the top of the Mountain in Vestavia Hills
View of Homewood from Vestavia Hills overlook

I’m sick and tired of some people saying how bad Birmingham is.

I love our Birmingham region!

I constantly meet folks, who move here ‘kicking and screaming,’ but later refuse out of state job opportunities and retire here. Continue reading Birmingham not worst place to live in America

Birmingham: The next ‘it’ city by thinking small

V.J. Graffeo
V.J. Graffeo

Today’s guest blogger is V.J. Graffeo.

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Birmingham’s homegrown success stories like Shipt and large-scale development investments such as the new Amazon fulfillment center in Bessemer deservingly gain headlines due to the excitement of the massive economic benefits created.  Continue reading Birmingham: The next ‘it’ city by thinking small

What I didn’t expect to find when I moved back to B’ham from New York

Barbara Burton
Barbara Burton

Today’s guest blogger is Barbara Burton, President of Chalker Group, a talent acquisition firm.

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After 30 years in New York City, I had no idea what I would find moving back to Birmingham.

But what I found was totally unexpected. Continue reading What I didn’t expect to find when I moved back to B’ham from New York

Birmingham music scene on verge of national recognition

Geno Pearson, Program Director & Co-Owner of Birmingham Mountain Radio
Geno Pearson, Program Director & Co-Owner of Birmingham Mountain Radio

ComebackTown is published by David Sher for a more prosperous greater Birmingham.

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

Birmingham has earned a national reputation for great food.

Now Birmingham’s earning a national reputation for great music! Continue reading Birmingham music scene on verge of national recognition

Could be the biggest day in modern Birmingham history

Jefferson County population 1970-2017
Jefferson County population 1970-2017

April 3, 2019 could be the biggest day in Birmingham history.

This is not an exaggeration.

Our region has historically been plagued with distrust and dysfunction. Continue reading Could be the biggest day in modern Birmingham history

Pinch me! This is the new Birmingham!

Vesta on Highland Avenue in Birmingham is a 17 story apartment complex with 318 units and a 500 space parking garage
Vesta on Highland Avenue in Birmingham is a 17 story apartment complex with 318 units and a 500 space parking garage

In the mid 1980’s when I was Chairman of Operation New Birmingham (REV Birmingham), I was asked to make some comments at the opening of one of the first loft apartment projects in downtown Birmingham.

At the time, I don’t think 150 people lived downtown. Continue reading Pinch me! This is the new Birmingham!

An inspirational Birmingham story

Zach Wooley
Zach Woolley

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

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

Birmingham has kept me alive.  Literally!

I’m a twenty eight year old guy with Cerebral Palsy.  Very physically disabled.  Yep, looking at me you see many of the stereotypical (and, actually, pretty common) characteristics of someone with CP.  Not so great. Continue reading An inspirational Birmingham story