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

Why do we allow “meanies” to own al.com?

I’m feeling pretty beat up as I write this post.

I was just called a “moron” by a commenter on al.com.

I guess I can’t take the comment personally because the commenter doesn’t know me.

I write this blog with the sole purpose of creating a conversation on how to fix our redundant, fractured, dysfunctional government.  I post it on Comebacktown.com and then it is republished on al.com.  I get no financial gain; I’m not running for office. I benefit just like you.  If our region does well then businesses and jobs will be created and we can take pride in our community. Continue reading Why do we allow “meanies” to own al.com?

No Bill Gates, but George Barber and Don Logan

Don Logan

Where do communities get money?

Often from successful business people.

So what Birmingham needs is more successful businesses so there will be more successful business people. Continue reading No Bill Gates, but George Barber and Don Logan

We’re a bunch of goof balls for allowing government like ours

What do goof balls look like?

(The Jefferson County Commission decided to close in patient services at Cooper Green Hospital .  This post is about the awful government structure that created this kind of problem in the first place)

The headlines of the Birmingham New on August 11, 2012 screamed “City sues over Cooper Green.”

But here’s what the headline really says..

City of Birmingham sues Jefferson County

We’re suing ourselves. Continue reading We’re a bunch of goof balls for allowing government like ours

Clueless community leaders cheer Birmingham School seizure

Ed Richardson
Dr. Ed Richardson

I grew up in Mt. Brook.

My children went to Mt. Brook schools.

I now live in Vestavia Hills.

I belong to the Rotary Club of Birmingham.

Dr. Ed Richardson spoke recently to our Rotary Club.  There was a huge corporate crowd cheering Dr. Richardson as he explained how our State Department of Education is going to fix Birmingham’s dysfunction school system. Continue reading Clueless community leaders cheer Birmingham School seizure

To begin a conversation about a better Birmingham