Category Archives: What’s great about Birmingham

Are ‘Over-the-Mountain’ Caucasians welcome to Magic City Classic?

John Lyda
John Lyda

Today’s guest columnist is John Lyda.

I have always wanted to attend a Magic City Classic football game between the Alabama A&M Bulldogs and the Alabama State Hornets, the state of Alabama’s two largest historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

Year after year I’d find myself once again allowing the Classic weekend to come and go, telling myself, “I’ll go next year”. Continue reading Are ‘Over-the-Mountain’ Caucasians welcome to Magic City Classic?

Vestavia geezer stunned by Birmingham’s leap into 21st Century

Malcolm Carmichael
Malcolm Carmichael

Today’s guest columnist is Malcolm Carmichael.

My friend, Mike Buchanan, and I, both mature residents of suburbs south of the city, read the hype and wondered: what’s riding the Xpress really like?

Is it different from the existing bus service we’ve tried with limited success?

What will it accomplish? Continue reading Vestavia geezer stunned by Birmingham’s leap into 21st Century

No more Fox in Birmingham hen house

Fox deFuniak
Fox deFuniak

By David Sher

I write this column on Tuesday, September 19th.

Tomorrow I will attend a Celebration of Life service for Albert Fox deFuniak, III, a man you may never have met, but who’s had a major impact on your life in Birmingham.

Fox deFuniak answered a question for me that I’ve always struggled with. Continue reading No more Fox in Birmingham hen house

Birmingham may have lost historic Terminal Station, but…

Gordon Martin
Gordon G. Martin

Today’s guest columnist is Gordon G.  Martin.

I love Birmingham!

But I feel we sometimes focus on our failures and forget to celebrate our victories.

How many of you have had an opportunity to visit Charlotte, North Carolina? Continue reading Birmingham may have lost historic Terminal Station, but…

All bets are off on Birmingham

City Walk BHAM World Games 2022
City Walk BHAM World Games 2022

By David Sher

This is the article I always wished to write, but didn’t know if it would ever be possible.

ComebackTown began publishing in February, 2012 with the sole purpose to begin a discussion about how to revitalize a struggling Birmingham. That’s why it was titled ‘ComebackTown.’ Continue reading All bets are off on Birmingham

Birmingham secret weapon on west side hilltop

Daniel Coleman
Daniel Coleman

Today’s guest columnist is Daniel Coleman.

After returning home full-time in 2017, I began to invest in local companies, where I got to know many of our city’s entrepreneurs.

I also started teaching finance at Birmingham-Southern College. At 53 years old, I realized that I was a little rusty. So I decided that it was time for me to learn to program in Python as well as learn actuarial math. In December 2018, I became the 16th president of Birmingham-Southern. Continue reading Birmingham secret weapon on west side hilltop

Overcoming a regrettable Birmingham blunder

Rotary Trail Sign (Rotary)
Rotary Trail Sign (Photo courtesy Rotary Club of Birmingham)

By David Sher

I recently wrote a column about my all-time favorite Birmingham restaurant, Joy Young.

Reminiscing is fun so I began my search for my next topic.

Then I drove past the Rotary Trail sign in downtown Birmingham and the idea hit me. Continue reading Overcoming a regrettable Birmingham blunder

Why World Games chose Birmingham

Alan Register
Alan Register

Today’s guest columnist is Alan Register.

The first World Games were played in Santa Clara, California in 1981.

They have not been played in America since.

Why then did they choose Birmingham?

And while we’re at it, why did the USFL select Birmingham?

There’s a simple answer, “a crazy idea” and “a winning streak.” Continue reading Why World Games chose Birmingham