We have Alabama’s largest parking lot

Highway 280 East of Birmingham

I was on Hwy 280 driving towards Birmingham near Lloyd’s…

I’m still on Hwy 280 near Home Depot…

Creeping down Hwy 280 across from Riverview Animal Clinic

I’m thinking, “Why in heck am I still in my car?  I may never get back to the office.” Continue reading We have Alabama’s largest parking lot

Should Birmingham have to pay for everything?

Nature class at Ruffner Park

I’ve spent a great deal of time and effort trying to educate one of my best friends, who I will call Bob, about the problems created by our segmented and dysfunctional governments.

But Bob loves to complain about the City of Birmingham—even though he knows it makes my blood pressure explode. Continue reading Should Birmingham have to pay for everything?

Birmingham is best in the world

Rotary sealUsually when someone makes a brash statement that something is the best in the world, its considered hype or exaggeration.

However, we can say with complete confidence that Birmingham has the biggest and best civic clubs on earth.

Our Birmingham Kiwanis Club is the largest in the world.

Our Birmingham Rotary Club is the largest in the world.

Our Birmingham Rotaract Club is the largest in the world. Continue reading Birmingham is best in the world

Being Jewish in Birmingham

Regions Bank in Birmingham at Christmas

“I’m Jewish.”

There, I said it.

This may not seem like a big deal to you, but I’ve never actually said those words publicly to a broad audience.  (Please note I’ve never hidden my Judaism and most of my Christian friends know my religion.)

But when I began elementary school, my parents gave me one clear piece of advice.  “Don’t under any circumstance discuss religion or politics.” Continue reading Being Jewish in Birmingham

Birmingham is unique in so many ways

The Wells Theatre in Norfolk, Virginia

Look at the magnificent picture that leads this blog.  This is the Wells Theatre in Norfolk,Virginia.  It’s one of only a few theaters that still exist which was specifically built to maximize the acoustics and close seating needed for vaudeville shows.

The Lyric Theatre located in our downtown is a carbon copy of the Wells.  Built in 1914 major stars such as the Marx Brothers, Mae West, Sophie Tucker, Will Rogers, and Milton Berle played the Lyric.  Berle said it was “as fine a theater as any in New York.” Continue reading Birmingham is unique in so many ways

Is Birmingham different than the Titanic?

 

Here’s a comment I received on my post, Let’s move to the suburbs and attack the City of Birmingham.  I was trying to make a point that our region has suffered because many of our affluent and well educated citizens have abandoned Birmingham—and then they amplify their abandonment by attacking the city for being poor and uneducated.

Continue reading Is Birmingham different than the Titanic?

Go home and get your act together!

Senator's Shelby and Sessions are always telling Birmingham to speak with one voice

Our BBA (Chamber of Commerce) takes a trip to Washington every year to visit our Alabama Senators and Congressmen and to lobby for legislation and money.

The BBA prepares a priority agenda and typically a small group of business leaders, politicians, and staff fly to DC to make their request. Continue reading Go home and get your act together!

We’re losing our children

I was eating lunch at Rotary and I couldn’t believe the table conversation.

A Rotarian who is also a business owner said, “I am so disappointed in Birmingham.  I hope when my children graduate college they’ll move to another city where they have greater opportunities.”

Another responded, “I feel the same way. In fact, if I could move my business, I would move tomorrow.” Continue reading We’re losing our children

What’s killing America is killing Birmingham

On August 5, 2011, Standard & Poor lowered the U.S. debt rating saying, “The downgrade reflects our view that the effectiveness, stability, and predictability of American policymaking and political institutions have weakened at a time of ongoing fiscal and economic challenges.”

On November 9, just three months later, our Jefferson County filed the biggest U.S. municipal bankruptcy in history after an agreement among elected officials and investors to refinance $3.1 billion in sewer bonds fell apart. Continue reading What’s killing America is killing Birmingham

Look how far we’ve fallen

Regions Park in Hoover soon to lose the Birmingham Barons

I’m absolutely thrilled we are building a new baseball stadium downtown. When I was a child my dad took me to see the Barons play at Rickwood Field. Watching baseball with my dad created memories I will never forget.

I saw the Barons play teams like the Nashville Vols, the New Orleans Pelicans, the Memphis Chicks, and the Atlanta Crackers. Continue reading Look how far we’ve fallen

To begin a conversation about a better Birmingham