Downtown Birmingham safe as Mt. Brook or Vestavia

 

Teresa Thorne Executive Director of City Action Partnership (CAP)

Comebacktown published by David Sher & Phyllis Neill to begin a discussion on creating a better government for our region.

Today’s guest blogger is Teresa Thorne.

Downtown Birmingham is as safe as the over-the-mountain neighbors Mountain Brook and Vestavia. How can I make that assertion? Here are the numbers:

Crime in the central downtown (85-block area) that CAP patrols has dropped 55% from 1995-2011. Continue reading Downtown Birmingham safe as Mt. Brook or Vestavia

Birmingham sues Jefferson County–na na na na na na

ComebackTown:  To create a discussion on creating better government for our region.

According to an article on al.com on October 11, “A rift developed between the city and county after Birmingham filed a lawsuit to keep open the inpatient care unit at the county owned hospital for the poor. The county responded by withholding chairs and tables for the city’s referendum…”

I only know what I read on-line, so I don’t know the real story, but I have three and four year old grandchildren who get along better than our politicians. Continue reading Birmingham sues Jefferson County–na na na na na na

Washington and Montgomery playing us for suckers

 

Willie Chriesman

Comebacktown published by David Sher & Phyllis Neill to begin a discussion on creating a better government for our region.

Today’s guest blogger is Willie Chriesman.

It sounded like a nice offer. Gov. Robert Bentley offered to intervene in the highly-charged clash over in-patient services at Cooper Green Mercy Hospital. But there was a catch. Both sides had to agree that they wanted the governor’s involvement before he stepped in. Not likely after the contentious events that have led us to where we are today. Continue reading Washington and Montgomery playing us for suckers

Why many are criticizing David Sher

Ever since I began posting blogs with the intent to begin a community conversation on better government, I’ve received my share of criticism.

I was probably a little bit naive, but it came as a surprise.

I have a passion for our Birmingham region and I thought I was doing a good deed.

I’m not running for office and as best I can tell, I’m not benefiting financially. If anyone has any money making ideas, please let me know.  🙂 Continue reading Why many are criticizing David Sher

Does Birmingham suck with no daily newspaper?

(Since this piece will be published on al.com, I make the following disclosure:  I receive no pay from Advance Media or al.com;  al.com does not edit or influence my content in any way–they allow me to write any dumb thing I want)

I’m a big advocate for our Birmingham region, so I’m constantly bombarded by folks bemoaning the death of our daily newspaper. They seem to be genuinely embarrassed.

But with today’s technology the old business model makes no sense:

• Cut down millions of trees

• Process into paper

• Ship to publishers

• Print

• Sort for distribution

• Deliver Continue reading Does Birmingham suck with no daily newspaper?

A community leader gives Rotarian types hell

Our goal:  Better government for our region.

Birmingham’s an amazing community in many ways.

It’s difficult to explain, but we have the largest and most successful civic clubs on earth.

Our Birmingham Kiwanis Club, our Birmingham Rotary Club and our Birmingham Rotaract Club are the largest in the world.  You wouldn’t think that it could be mathematically possible. Continue reading A community leader gives Rotarian types hell

Downtown Birmingham makes a huge comeback

John Lauriello, Principal, Southpace Properties

Comebacktown published by David Sher & Phyllis Neill to begin a discussion on how to fix our segmented-dysfunctional regional governments.

Today’s guest blogger is John Lauriello of Southpace Properties

I’m an early bird. I come into our downtown office around 7:00 or 7:30 every morning. I see people of all ages out walking their dogs or just enjoying the morning. They live in condos or lofts, and most likely they work nearby, too. Those scenarios were unimaginable in this town 30 years ago. Continue reading Downtown Birmingham makes a huge comeback

Don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining*

Local governments continue to steal businesses from one another and brag about the economic benefits.

Take this June 26th Birmingham News article about the new Target being built in Homewood.

“The city of Homewood approved more than $10 million in incentives for the project in September 2010, and it is expected to be a huge economic boost, said Mayor Scott McBrayer.

What the new Target will do is draw in shoppers from other cities, namely Mountain Brook and Vestavia Hills…” Continue reading Don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining*

Republican National Convention to be held in Birmingham 2016

Condoleeza Rice speaking at Republican National Convention. Dr. Rice is from Birmingham

This headline is not true.

It could have proclaimed, “Democratic National Convention to be held in Birmingham in 2016,” but for sure no one would have believed that one.

Of course most of you didn’t believe the headline anyway since, even though we are a Republican state, it seems so far fetched.

Yet, the national conventions this year were held in Tampa and Charlotte. Continue reading Republican National Convention to be held in Birmingham 2016

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